§ Mr. Spring
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment the Government have made of the cost to British business of the Directive on food supplements. 
§ Yvette Cooper
[holding answer 26 March 2002]: The Food Standards Agency, which has been responsible for negotiating this Directive on the Government's behalf, has consulted widely on its likely impact. There would be labelling costs falling on manufacturers of all food supplements, but these would be substantially offset by a two-year transitional period. Any additional impact of future developments on lists of permitted nutrients and maximum limits cannot yet be assessed.