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Dietary Supplements: EU Law

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the Food Supplements Directive on the availability of high potency supplements in the UK. (202131)

The Food Supplements Directive includes provisions for setting maximum levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements. Proposals from the European Commission for setting levels are not expected until early 2009. No assessment has been made of the effects of the Food Supplements Directive on the availability of high potency supplements in the United Kingdom. However, the Food Standards Agency is currently developing an initial impact assessment with input from the UK food supplements industry to assess the effects of future proposals for setting maximum levels of vitamins and minerals in food supplements, including high potency supplements, under the Food Supplements Directive 2002/46/EC.