Due to the lack of action from the EU Commission defining maximum levels for vitamins and minerals, as was foreseen in the directive 2002/46/EC, more and more Member States are setting their own maximum levels. After Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Italy, and France, now the Spanish Council of Ministers has approved a decree containing maximum levels for vitamin and minerals and “other substances”. Germany has not yet legally defined maximum levels, but the BfR has suggested safe levels (read more about it here). Looking at the maximum levels of the different Member States, the values differ considerably, hindering the free movement of goods in the EU. The EU Commission is still planning to find a harmonized solution; however, this will certainly take several years. In the meantime, food business operators have to rely on the Mutual Recognition process (more detailed information below).
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