Codex Adopts Proposed Vitamin and Mineral Guidelines

Yesterday, the full Commission of Codex Alimentarius adopted in final form, the Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements, by consensus method, following limited discussion and comments from a few countries and two NGO's.

This adoption means that the Guidelines are no longer in draft form and future steps in the dialogue will be the establishment of permitted levels for vitamins and minerals - based on risk assessment. According to sources currently attending the Rome meeting, Attorney Scott Tipps of the National Health Federation (consumer organization with NGO status) requested the guidelines not be adopted but rather be sent back to commitee, while NGO IADSA (International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations) noted that the draft guidelines should be adopted because they had been worked on in committee for almost 10 years and that valuable consensus had been reached in the Bonn Germany committee meeting last year.

The guidelines apply only where these products are regulated as foods.

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