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Last modified: January 12, 2017

Fortified foods

European Parliament and Council Regulation 1925/2006 establishes an EU-wide regulatory framework for the addition of vitamins and mineral and of certain other substances such as herbal extracts to foods.  It lists the vitamins and minerals that may be added to foods and sets criteria for setting maximum and minimum levels.  Although originally scheduled for January 2009, the Commission is still working on a proposal to set maximum permitted levels of vitamins and minerals in foods and food supplements.  Minimum amounts are linked to the notion of “significant amount” as defined in the Annex III to the EU’s “Food Information to Consumers” (FIC) Regulation.  The use of vitamins and minerals not included in the annexes to Regulation 1925/2006 is not allowed.  The nutrition declaration must comply with the requirements set out in Article 30 of the FIC Regulation.