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Food Supplements

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology was used in setting the upper limit for intake of vitamin B6 supplements at 10 mg. [119130]

Details on the methodology used are contained in the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals' (EVM) report, a copy of which is available in the Library. The EVM reviewed over 200 pieces of information on vitamin B6 from both animal and human studies. The available human data were considered inadequate for use in risk assessment. The EVM concluded that, based on the most appropriate animal data, 10 mg per day represents a clear safe upper level, with no adverse effects being anticipated over a lifetime's exposure. This reinforces existing Government advice, which has not changed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation took place between Food Standards Agency scientists and (a) the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and (b) other bodies with specialistss knowledge of vitamin supplements on the decision to reduce the limit for intake of B6 supplements to 10 mg. [119131]

The Institute for Optimum Nutrition and other bodies had the opportunity to provide views and evidence on vitamin B6 and other vitamins and minerals during the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals' (EVM) deliberations. The draft EVM report was issued for a 12-week public consultation. Over 100 replies to the consultation were received, including a detailed response from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, which were considered by the EVM in finalising its report.