Food Supplements Directive

Health written question – answered on 4th April 2005.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the Food Supplements Directive does not place a disproportionate burden on small businesses.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

An assessment of the economic impact of the Food Supplements Regulations was made in the regulatory impact assessment, which was published with the national regulations implementing this directive. This included an assessment of the impact on small businesses.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has offered to assist the industry, including small businesses, by providing technical advice on preparation of the safety dossiers that are needed for any unlisted ingredients to remain on the market. The agency has also published an up to date list of ingredients where dossiers have been submitted to the United Kingdom and other member states to ensure that dossiers are not produced unnecessarily. I have also encouraged companies to work together with respect to producing dossiers to reduce the burden on industry.

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