Vitamins and minerals allowed in fortified foods and their sources

The European Commission has issued new Regulation (EC) No. 1170/2009 (of 30 November 2009) amending Directive 2002/46/EC of the European Parliament and of Council and Regulation (EC) No 1925/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the lists of vitamin and minerals and their forms that can be added to foods.

Pursuant to Article 3 of the Fortification Regulation (1925/2006/EC, only vitamins and minerals listed in Annex I may be added to fortified foods. New Commission Regulation 1170/2009 adds the word boron in the list in point 2 in Annex I of the aforementioned Regulation. Annex III of new Regulation 1170/2009/EC replaces Annex II of Fortification Regulation 1925/2006/EC that defines the forms of vitamins and minerals, which may be added to food.

The use of vitamins and minerals not listed in Annex I of the Fortification Regulation, or in forms not listed in Annex III of Regulation 1170/2009 will be prohibited as of 1 February 2010, unless the aforementioned dossier on the use of such vitamins and minerals in fortified foods has been submitted.