The Commission has proposed a new regulation establishing harmonised rules on the voluntary addition of vitamins, minerals and other substances to food products.
The new regulation proposes the creation of a list of
approved vitamins and minerals which could be added to food. Under
the proposal, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) would carry
out the assessment of any possible risk to human health. The
Standing Commmittee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (which
comprises Commission and government experts), would establish
criteria (based on EFSA’s scientific advice) for minimum and
maximum levels for the different nutrients added to food.
The regulation would define clear labelling
requirements to inform consumers about the vitamin and mineral
content of food products in relation to the amount needed in a
Fresh food, including fruit, vegetables or meat,
would be preserved in their natural state, with no addition of
vitamins or minerals permitted. The same restriction would apply to
alcoholic drinks – in line with efforts to combat alcohol