Maximum levels in food supplements

Modified maximum levels in food supplements

On the 2nd of May 2019, the FSVO (= Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office) published the consultation process relating to the revision package “Stretto 3” project to amend the Food Act. Safety considerations, as opposed to arbitrary extrapolation of needs, are now the basis for the new maximum levels for vitamins, minerals and other substances in food supplements.

A word of caution, however! Although maximum levels are now no longer provided for certain substances, that does not mean that any levels of these substances are permissible in food supplements. Self-regulation measures must prove that the end product still falls under the Food Act and not the Therapeutic Products Act – thus , the end product may possess no pharmacological activity, for example!

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