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Food Supplements

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether she plans to raise with the European Commission the reasons why its recent Discussion Paper on the Setting of Maximum and Minimum Amounts for Vitamins and Minerals in Foodstuffs does not include the report of the United Kingdom Government's Expert Advisory Group on Vitamins and Minerals in the Annexes containing examples of approaches to the setting of such levels; (76827)

(2) whom she intends to consult in preparing a response to the Discussion Paper on the Setting for Maximum and Minimum Amounts of Vitamins and Minerals in Foodstuffs recently published by the European Commission; and what her objectives are for that process;

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has raised with the European Commission why its recent discussion paper on setting maximum levels of vitamins and minerals in foodstuffs did not include the report from the United Kingdom expert group on vitamins and minerals (EVM). The Commission has explained that the EVM work provided recommended levels for individual vitamins and minerals rather than presenting a model for establishing such levels. The annexes in the Commission document provides examples of such models.

The FSA will consult stakeholders and independent scientific experts, and draw on the work carried out by the EVM in responding to the discussion paper on the setting of maximum and minimum amounts of vitamins and minerals in foodstuffs. The FSA will hold a meeting to discuss these points as part of this consultation.