Monde Selection’s mission, in regard to diet and health products, is to entrust the task of analysing the main parameters to independent experts such as nutritionists, university professors and chemists. These parameters are:
Monde Selection also relies on the official European and American norms when carrying out quality controls. Thus, our Institute relies on European legislation in terms of food supplements and labelling or the renowned "Food and Drug Administration” of the United States.
However, the role of Monde Selection is not to replace the Ministry of health and wellness in each country, which as the body responsible for public health, is the sole decider of products that may be marketed.
In order to evaluate diet and health products, Monde Selection has drafted an evaluation sheet with about twenty different parameters including those listed below.
Each parameter is weighted and contributes to the final result of the general evaluation of the product.
The experience of the Jury, of which some members have been working with Monde Selection for over 25 years, is certainly the best guarantee of good and fair evaluation of quality.
It is these years of experience that make the members of our jury capable of judging products from all over the world with the subtlety required for this task.
This jury is composed of a college of independent experts including:
Through their professions, they are always abreast of developments in scientific research and legislation in relation to diet and health products.
They also have access to official laboratories approved by the Federal Public Service in Belgium, such as BIOTOX, BRUCEFO and INSTITUT MEURICE.
Finally, Monde Selection also works with the company NSF Euro Consultants Group specialists in quality control for the agri-food sector.
After the various tests and tastings, the juries of Monde Selection award Bronze, Silver, Gold or Grand Gold quality labels to products that are outstanding in terms of the different evaluation criteria.
A label that each winner may display on their product for 3 years.
In addition, Monde Selection awards Trophies to companies for the constant efforts they make to reach and maintain a high level of excellence.
Lastly, the experts of Monde Selection may award a Prize of the Jury to one product in each category that the jury unanimously notices as outstanding for one of its qualities such as its taste or its innovative nature.
Bronze if the product scores on average between 60% and 69%
Silver if the product scores on average between 70% and 79%
Gold if the product scores on average between 80% and 89%
Grand Gold if the product scores on average between 90% and 100%
Submitting your product is very easy.
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The products in this category must be clearly different from current consumer food products and must be recognised as such and/or include on their packaging claims related to nutrition or health. While these products are being evaluated, the Monde Selection jury will pay particular attention to the scientific verification of these claims taking into account all the scientific facts available and checking the evidence.
FOODSTUFFS FOR PARTICULAR NUTRITIONAL USES
FUNCTIONAL FOODS AND DRINKS
Food may be considered functional if it has satisfactorily demonstrated that it has a beneficial effect on one or more target functions in the human body, over and above basic nutrition, thus improving the general state of health and well-being and/or reducing illness. Functional food must remain in the form of normal food products and they must demonstrate their effects in amounts that you would normally expect to be eaten during a regular diet. They are not pills or capsules... but part of a normal balanced diet.
Nutrient: means proteins (including essential amino acids) carbohydrates, fats (including essential fatty acids), fibres, sodium, vitamins and minerals.
Other substance: means a substance other than a nutrient that has a nutritional or physiologocial effect. Other substances can be enzymes, pro and prebiotics, herbs and other botanical substances or extracts, biologically active components of plant origin (carotenoids, flavonoids, etc.) or of animal origin (astaxanthin, organ or glandular tissues, metabolites etc.) and other products (glucosamine, chondroitin, etc.)
Foodstuff (or food) means any substance or product, whether processed, partially processed or not processed intended to be or reasonably expected to be ingested by humans. “Food” includes drinks, chewing gum and any substance including water deliberately incorporated into the food during its manufacture, preparation or treatment.