HL Deb 25 June 2003 vol 650 cc25-6WA
Earl Howe

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In the case of each nutrient or nutrient source currently permitted for sale in the United Kingdom but omitted from the list of nutrients permitted for use in food supplements under the provisions of the Food Supplements (England) Regulations, what action they intend to take to secure their addition to the schedules to those regulations prior to July 2005. [HL3376]

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

The lists of permitted nutrients and nutrient sources in the Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003 can be extended if additions are made to the permitted lists in the annexes to the Food Supplements Directive 2002/46/EC on which the regulations are based. These annexes remain open pending safety assessment of additional substances. Industry is currently working to compile safety dossiers for some of the substances currently omitted from the annexes.

The Food Standards Agency, in recognition of the difficulties associated with dossier production, and the timescale for dossier submission, is pressing the European Food Safety Authority for an urgent, substantive meeting with relevant parties to discuss dossier requirements.