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Food supplements regulation
Food supplements are:
concentrated source of nutrients (vitamines, minerals or other substances)
with a nutritional or physiological effect
marketed in “dose” form
intended to supplement the normal dietary regimen.
Compliance with EU food obligations
Food supplements are regulated under food law as well as under their specific legislation. Food supplements companies main obligations include food safety and traceability, compliance with the legislation, cooperation, loyalty in transactions and information to the consumers(information on the label or other information).
European Union legislation of food supplements
In the European Union food supplements are dictated by:
Directive 2002/46/ECof the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 June 2002, on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to food supplements.
This directive defines food supplements as foodstuffs the purpose of which is to supplement the normal diet and which are concentrated sources of nutrients or other substances with a nutritional or physiological effect, alone or in combination, marketed in dose form, namely forms such as capsules, pastilles, tablets, pills and other similar forms, sachets of powder, ampoules of liquids, drop dispensing bottles, and other similar forms of liquids and powders designed to be taken in measured small unit quantities.
Food supplements labelling
The labelling of food supplements must comply with the food legislation, namely with
Regulation (UE) n°1169/2011of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 (commonly referred to as INCO (Information to Consumers)), as well as with their specific legislation .
The nutritional and health claims must comply withthe dispositions of Regulation (EC) n° 1924/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006.