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    Prunes are not a laxative, EU rules

    It comes after the organisation was mocked last month a ruling that led to a ban on claims that drinking water can prevent dehydration.


    Despite a long held belief that prunes, traditionally served with custard, are good for improving bowel function, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has ruled this is not the case.

    Sir Graham Watson MEP has now challenged an EU Commissioner to a prune-eating contest after his food safety committee ruled that prunes do not have a laxative effect.

    Last month, the EU concluded there was no evidence to prove drinking water can prevent dehydration. The conclusions led to a ban on bottled water companies using the claim.


    At the time, Conservative MEP Roger Helmer said: “This is stupidity writ large.


    “The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are: highly-paid, highly-pensioned officials worrying about the obvious qualities of water and trying to deny us the right to say what is patently true.


    “If ever there were an episode which demonstrates the folly of the great European project then this is it.”


    Prunes are not a laxative, EU rules - Telegraph

    Ahhh... if I were a cigarette manufacturer I would start making claims smoking does not cause cancer.
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    Re: Prunes are not a laxative, EU rules

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    Ahhh... if I were a cigarette manufacturer I would start making claims smoking does not cause cancer.
    *sigh* It's becoming more and more embarassing to live here...
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    Re: Prunes are not a laxative, EU rules

    Europeans in a nutshell: The most book-smart people in the world, but absolutely zero common sense.

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    Re: Prunes are not a laxative, EU rules

    Waht's wrong with foreign prunes - they're not working right :/
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    Re: Prunes are not a laxative, EU rules

    This leads me to a question. Is this actually true or does rupert have something to do with this?

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    Re: Prunes are not a laxative, EU rules

    Quote Originally Posted by tererun View Post
    This leads me to a question. Is this actually true or does rupert have something to do with this?
    This is what happens when you have obsessive need to blame the other side for everything.

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    Re: Prunes are not a laxative, EU rules

    Quote Originally Posted by tererun View Post
    This leads me to a question. Is this actually true or does rupert have something to do with this?
    Knowing the EU it may well be true. They have a habit of this sort of thing.

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    Re: Prunes are not a laxative, EU rules

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    *sigh* It's becoming more and more embarassing to live here...
    Not really.... we still dont catagorize pizza as a vegetable over here..

    And of course the source is the usual biased UK newspapers and right wing blogs... and of course Zimmer jumped in head first without looking. The fact is the agency.... said the OPPOSITE!

    Here is the direct link

    EFSA - Scientific Opinion of the NDA Panel: Dried plums of

    and the whole report can be read in the PDF on the page.

    And here is the actual conclusion.

    The Panel considers that, in order to obtain the claimed effect, about 100 g of dried plums (prunes)
    should be consumed daily. The target population is the general population.

    CONCLUSIONS

    On the basis of the data presented, the Panel concludes that:

    The food, prunes (dried plums of „prune‟ cultivars (Prunus domestica L.)), which is the
    subject of the health claim, is sufficiently characterised.

    The claimed effect, which is eligible for further assessment, is maintenance of normal bowel
    function. The proposed target population is the general population. Maintenance of normal
    bowel function is a beneficial physiological effect.

    A cause and effect relationship has been established between the consumption of dried plums
    of „prune‟ cultivars (Prunus domestica L.) and maintenance of normal bowel function.

    The following wording reflects the scientific evidence: “Dried plums/prunes can contribute
    to normal bowel function”.

    In order to obtain the claimed effect, about 100 g of dried plums (prunes) should be
    consumed daily. The target population is the general population.
    So show me where the conclusion states it is not a laxative? In fact the report concludes that prunes (100g or more) DO HELP in maintenance of normal bowel functions....

    Of course I dont expect Zimmer or the UK media to actually correct their biased mistake.. this was another political hit job on the EU based on fudged "evidence" and out right lying.
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    Re: Prunes are not a laxative, EU rules

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    Ahhh... if I were a cigarette manufacturer I would start making claims smoking does not cause cancer.
    Not quite the same thing... but yeah, its a slippery slope.

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    *sigh* It's becoming more and more embarassing to live here...
    I know right, sooner or later the EU Parliament will declare that pizza is a vegetable.

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    Re: Prunes are not a laxative, EU rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post

    I know right, sooner or later the EU Parliament will declare that pizza is a vegetable.
    Naw I doubt that.. too many left wing hippies there .. they wont let the right wing get that victory.
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