C80A - Additives, vitamins, minerals and flavourings
Draft Regulation amending the Regulation on Food Supplements
National maximum limits for the amount of vitamin E, vitamin B6, iron and zinc in food supplements, cf. directive 2002/46/EC article 5. Separate maximum limits for young children from 1 and up to 3 years old, children from 3 and up to 11 years old, adolescents from 11 and up to 18 years old, and adults from 18 years old. Particular requirements for labelling of food supplements containing specific amounts of vitamin E, vitamin B6, iron and zinc per per daily portion of consumption as recommended by the manufacturer.
National maximum limits are set to ensure that food supplements with these vitamins and minerals are safe. Separate maximum limits for various age groups (young children, children, adolescents, adults) make it possible to produce food supplements adapted to different consumer groups. Differentiating the maximum limits for separate age groups means that a food supplement for some age groups (usually adults) may contain amounts of vitamins/minerals that involve a health risk for younger age groups, since ULs for these age groups will be exceeded. We have therefore deemed it essential requiring additional mandatory food information legislation, in order to protect public health.
Particular requirements for labelling of food supplements containing specific and high amounts of vitamin E, vitamin B6, iron and zinc per daily portion, in one measured small unit quantity, shall ensure that the product reaches its right age group and that consumers are provided clear information that other age groups should not consume these food supplements.
This in accordance with article 39 and 45 in Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers.