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Food Supplements Directive

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the Food Supplements Directive on employment in the food supplement industry. [124901]

It is not yet possible to assess the implications of the Directive for jobs in the food supplement industry. Any impact of the Directive upon jobs will depend upon future developments on lists of permitted vitamins and minerals and their sources and on maximum limits for vitamin and minerals in food supplements, and the nature of the future market for food supplements.The Government's assessment of the costs associated with implementing the Directive is set out in the Regulatory Impact Assessment. Copies have been placed in the Library.