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October 23, 2018

EU Regulation n. 2018/1472 - Food additives: modified the classification of food supplements

In view of the difficulties encountered in the identification of food supplements in the form of syrup or chewing tablets and, in order to avoid the errors of interpretation to which the classification gave rise, the European Commission has amended the classification items of those products and has provided for each of these food additives that are authorized.

IN DEPTH
The European Commission, with EU Regulation of 8 October 2018 n. 1497, laid down in the Community legislation regulating the production, marketing and use of food additives, the amendment:

  • the classification of groups of food supplements;
  • the list of food additives authorized in food supplements, aligning this list with the new classification.

Provisions envisaged by EU Regulation no. 2018/1497

In view of the fact that:

  • difficulties have arisen in the classification of food supplements in the form of syrup or chewing tablets and, in order to avoid the errors of interpretation to which the classification gave rise;
  • it is appropriate to classify food supplements in the form of syrup and chewable tablets respectively in the category of food supplements in liquid and solid form;

the European Commission has, in the community legislation that regulates the production, marketing and use of food additives, ordered the modification:

  • the classification of food supplements, which now becomes:

17. Food supplements as defined in the EC Directive n. 2002/46
17.1 Food supplements in solid form, excluding food supplements for infants and young children
17.2 food supplements in liquid form, excluding food supplements for infants and young children

Note: the previous classification formulation of food supplements was:
17. Food supplements, as defined in Directive 2002/46 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, with the exception of food supplements for infants and young children
17.1 Food supplements in solid form, including capsules, tablets and the like except chewing tablets
17.2 Dietary supplements in liquid form
17.3 Food supplements in the form of syrup or chewing pills

  • the list of authorized additives in food supplements, providing for:

-) for those substances if the maximum (intended) level applied is applied to foods marketed or ready-to-eat foods;
-) additives that can be used in food supplements against the new classification of food supplements.