The Government’s Food Standards Agency says that: “A food supplement is defined in EU law as ‘any food the purpose of which is to supplement the normal diet and which is a concentrated source of a vitamin or mineral or other substance with a nutritional or physiological effect, alone or in combination and is sold in dose form’.”
Food supplements include:
In the UK, food supplements are required to be regulated as foods and are subject to the general food law.
The basic requirements that food supplement suppliers must adhere to are:
The product must be labelled as ‘food supplement’ and not ‘dietary supplement’.
The product label must include:
This information must be either on:
If you import and sell goods from countries outside the EU, you are legally responsible for all aspects of those goods, including composition, safety and labelling of the products.
In addition to these requirements, you must comply with specific food labelling and supplements legislation.
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