HL Deb 02 July 2003 vol 650 cc111-2WA
Lord Clement-Jones

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many nutrients and nutrient sources they expect to be removed from the United Kingdom market in July 2005 under the provisions of the Food Supplements Regulations. [HL3446]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner)

According to information provided by industry, around 300 nutrients and nutrient sources presently used in food supplements in the United Kingdom market are currently missing from the lists of permitted substances in the annexes to the Food Supplements Directive. Industry representatives have informed the Food Standards Agency that safety dossiers are currently being prepared to support the addition of 24 missing substances to the permitted lists. If each of those 24 dossiers, and no additional dossiers, are submitted to the European Commission by 12 July 2005, that would mean that sale of food supplements containing any of around 276 nutrients and nutrient sources would be prohibited from 1 August 2005.