Notification on bringing to market fortified foods

A food business operator who manufactures or imports a food fortified with vitamins and/or minerals, or has such food manufactured, must file written notification on placing a fortified food on the market with the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira. Legal provisions do not specify when this notification must be filed, but in order to ensure effective control, it should be done before the food is placed on the market.

A notification must also be filed when the composition of a fortified food changes with regard to the added vitamins or minerals or when the fortified food is removed from the market. Further information about submitting the fortification notification is contained in Placing of foods fortified with vitamins and minerals on the market, change in composition and removal from the markets – Guidelines for submittal of notification to Evira (link on the right).

The fortification notification is submitted via Evira’s electronic service. The "Katso" user credentials of the Finnish Tax Administration are needed for logging in to Evira's electronic service. Electronic notification forms are available in Finnish, Swedish and English. More specific guidance on the use of the electronic service is contained in Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira's Electronic Service – Evira's guidelines for use (link on the right). If the food business operator cannot, for one reason or another, submit the notification via the electronic service, the notification can also be filled out without using the electronic service. In this case, the notification is to be sent to Evira’s Registry at: Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira / Registry, Mustialankatu 3, FI-00790 Helsinki, or kirjaamo@evira.fi .

Evira considers the obligation to submit a notification fulfilled when the notification, complete with all the required information and enclosures, is received at Evira. The notification must be accompanied by a model of the package labelling used for the fortified food concerned. The model label must be clear and easily legible. Evira acknowledges the receipt of the notification and also informs the relevant municipality and regional state administrative agency of the notification. Evira does not evaluate the regulatory conformance of the composition or labelling of the food fortified with vitamins and/or minerals on the basis of the notification. The food business operator is responsible for ensuring that the fortified food is in conformance with the Fortification Regulation and other legislation pertaining to food.

A fee is charged for the processing of notifications that pertain to the placing of the product on the market or to the changing of the composition as stipulated in the Decision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on the fees charged for services produced by the Finnish Food Safety Authority. No fee is charged for notifications of the removal of products from the market.

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