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Dietary Supplements

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress was made at the Working Group of the Council of Ministers held in June 2008 to discuss the setting of maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements under the provisions of Article 5 of the Food Supplements Directive; (213446)

(2) when he next plans to discuss with his European counterparts the objectives of the Government for the setting of maximum permitted levels for nutrients in food supplements; and if he will make a statement;

(3) whether the regulatory impact assessment to be conducted on the future proposed maximum levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements will include an assessment of impact upon (a) consumer choice, (b) specialist small and medium sized manufacturers, (c) specialist health food retailers and (d) public health.

The European Commission has confirmed that the next European Commission-led working group meeting with member states on setting maximum and minimum levels of vitamins and minerals in food supplements will be held on 27 June.

We have been advised by the Food Standards Agency that its officials are planning a further round of bilateral meetings with their counterparts in other member states to build on discussions held at the working group meeting.

The potential impact on all stakeholders of the European Commission's proposals for setting maximum and minimum levels will be assessed in the associated impact assessment, according to Government guidance issued by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.