Evira receives dossiers on vitamins and minerals allowed in fortified foods as exceptions, and on their sources, for forwarding to EFSA


<p>Food industry operators wishing to use vitamins and/or minerals allowed in fortified foods as exceptions shall submit dossiers to the European Food Safety Authority EFSA for evaluation. Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira receives dossiers for forwarding, via the Commission, to EFSA for evaluation till 15 December 2009.</p>

Pursuant to the Food Fortification Regulation (1925/2006/EC) only specific vitamins and minerals in only specific chemical forms may be added to foods.

However, until 19 January 2014 fortified foods may also contain other vitamins and minerals and other forms, provided the substance in question has a history of use in fortified foods marketed in the Community. Another condition is that the European Food Safety Authority EFSA has not given an unfavourable opinion in respect of the use of that substance in fortified foods, on the basis of a dossier supporting use of the substance in question submitted to the Commission by the Member State not later than 19 January 2010.

The use of vitamins and minerals not listed in Annex I to the Fortification Regulation, or in the forms not listed in Annex II 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.

More information about the submittal of dossiers is provided here
evira.fi>Food>Control and entrepreneurs> Addition of nutrients to food> Vitamins and minerals allowed in fortified foods and their sources

For more information, please contact:
Annika Nurttila, Senior Officer, tel. +358 (0) 2077 24290, annika.nurttila at-merkki.gifevira.fi
Minna-Maija Väänänen, Senior Officer, tel. +358 (0) 2077 24295, minna-maija.vaananen at-merkki.gifevira.fi


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