FSA Local Authority Letter (ENF/E/08/011), 27 February 2008
For related EU News Item on this topic, see 26 February 2008
You will wish to be aware that following a scientific opinion from its Panel on Food
Additives, Flavourings, Processing Aids and Materials in Contact with food (AFC) the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued an unfavourable opinion on the following six nutrient sources containing vanadium:
The substances do not appear in the list of vitamin and mineral substances in Schedule 2 to the Food Supplements ( England ) Regulations 2003, as amended, but had been permitted to remain in use in the UK , pending assessment by EFSA, under a derogation provided by Regulation 5(3).
The effect of EFSA's unfavourable opinion is that the derogation is no longer applicable to the substances. Consequently, they are no longer permitted to be used in food supplements and any food supplements already in existence containing them can no longer remain on the market or be placed on the market.