Food Law News - EU - 2006

FSA News Item, 9 October 2006

FORTIFICATION - UK Response to EC proposals to set maximum vitamin and mineral levels in food

The UK Government has published its response to a European Commission discussion paper to set maximum levels of vitamins and minerals in food.

The Commission wanted responses to its paper by 30 September 2006, and the Food Standards Agency held two stakeholder meetings in July and August 2006 to inform the FSA’s position.

Under the Food Supplements Directive there are provisions for the European Commission to set maximum levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements.

A separate regulation also allows maximum levels to be set for the addition of vitamins and minerals to food (fortification).

The Commission plans to publish proposals to set these levels within two years, and these will then form the basis of discussions with Member States.

A copy of the Government response is available: Government response to EC discussion paper on settting maximum and minimum amounts for vitamins and minerals in food

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