EU Court of Justice Rules Against French Food Supplements Law

According to Dow Jones Newswires, the European Court of Justice has ruled that a French law which bans vitamin and mineral enriched products, particularly those with L-tartrate and L-carnitine, is illegal and the process must be changed to be readily accessible and completed within a reasonable time. According to the article, the court noted that the grounds for refusal could only be for a danger to public health, and not, as was in fact the practice, claims that the products were unnecessary.

According to Bloomberg coverage of the story, even if products were already approved in other European states, French approval was required and frequently withheld. This situation led to significant delays for traders seeking to sell foods with nutritional additives, and the case was brought to the EU's Court of justice in 2000.

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