Food Law News - EU - 2000

FSA Letter, 11 August 2000

NUTRIENTS - Draft Proposal for a Directive on the Addition of Nutrients to Foods

The EU White Paper on Food Safety commits the European Commission to introducing various measures to help improve food safety standards for the consumer. As part of this commitment the Commission has prepared the a draft proposal for a Council Directive on the addition of nutrients to food. The proposal is only at the draft stage but it will be discussed at a Commission Working Group meeting on 5 September.

The objective of the proposal is to facilitate intra-Community trade by providing a harmonised regulatory framework for fortification of food. The proposals:

The FSA is seeking views on the detailed EU proposal and would also like views on the following broader issues:

A separate public consultation on the specific issue of fortification of flour with folic acid is currently underway on the report Folic Acid and Prevention of Disease by the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy (COMA). The report concluded that fortification of flour with folic acid would significantly reduce the incidence of neural tube defects (NTDs) in the UK. The folic acid consultation is available on

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