Zurich, Switzerland-based Barry Callebaut AG was granted a health claim from the European Food Safety Authority to extend its health claim on cocoa powder and dark chocolate products to include cocoa extract products. The company was granted a claim that cocoa flavanols support healthy bold circulation in the human body.

The application of the health claim on cocoa extract products opens new opportunities in the pharmacy, nutraceutical and supplement industries. The cardiovascular properties of flavanols could, for example, be offered in the form of pills and distributed in pharmacies.

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