Food Law News - UK - 2004

FSA Consultation Letter, 20 September 2004

PARNUTS - Draft guidance on the Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003

These new regulations governing the composition and labelling of food supplements will come into effect on 1 August 2005, interpreting European Directive 2002/46/EC that came into force on 12 July 2002. Parallel regulations are in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Consultation details

The regulations define the term 'food supplement'; introduce a list of substances that may be used as sources of vitamins and minerals in the manufacture of food supplements; and set out requirements for labelling in addition to those already included in the Food Labelling Regulations 1996 (as amended). The Agency has drawn up draft guidance notes to aid manufacturers and enforcement bodies in the interpretation of the regulations. The purpose of this written consultation is to seek stakeholders' views on the document:


Draft guidance notes, with the aim of providing informal, non-statutory guidance for operators to be read in conjunction with the appropriate legislation. Specific questions for the consultation:

(i) Does the guidance give clear interpretation of the regulation?
(ii) Should the guidance cover any additional points?

Responses are requested by: 13 December 2004

The draft document is currently available on the FSA web site at:


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