Maximum levels for the addition of vitamins and minerals in food supplements and fortified foods
At both national and European level, there are currently no binding maximum levels for the addition of vitamins and minerals in food supplements and fortified foods. Nevertheless, it must be ensured that the majority of the population, with a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet, is protected from an oversupply of nutrients.
The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has revised its proposed maximum levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements and fortified foods and published opinion No 009/2021 of 15 March 2021.
With the help of the recommendation, the BfR aims to limit the nutrient intake via food supplements and fortified foods. This is to ensure that the consumption of such products, also with regard to a balanced and varied diet, cannot lead to an oversupply of the population due to the additional nutrient intake. In addition, the data are to serve as a basis for the establishment of legal maximum quantity regulations at EU level.
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