In its ruling, the court said illnesses included even small or temporary changes to the body’s normal state

 A German court has ruled hangover is an “illness”, in a case against the maker of an anti-hangover drink.

The firm was taken to court in
Frankfurt after being accused of making illegal health claims about its
anti-hangover shots and drinks powders.

In its ruling, the court said
illnesses included even small or temporary changes to the body’s normal state.

Food products, including drinks,
cannot be marketed as being able to prevent or treat illnesses, it added.

“Information about a food product
cannot ascribe any properties for preventing, treating or healing a human
illness or give the impression of such a property,” the superior regional
court’s ruling said.

“By an illness, one should
understand even small or temporary disruptions to the normal state or normal
activity of the body.”

This, it said, includes the tiredness,
nausea and headaches commonly associated with hangovers – and which the
company, which was not named in
the ruling
, claimed its shots and powders could cure.

The ruling comes just days after the
annual Oktoberfest beer festival kicked off in Munich.

Source: bbc.com



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