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EFSA approves two nutrients for European use
The European Commission has presented two nutrient proposals to the 25 European Union member states for addition to the Food Supplements Directive's (FSD) 'positive list' of vitamins and minerals, following favourable opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). These are the first nutrients to gain EFSA approval under the FSD nutrient dossier process. EFSA has hundreds of similar dossiers to process by the end of 2009.

The two nutrients forwarded by EFSA were boron (and its sources, boric acid and sodium borate), and calcium L-methyl folate and ferrous bis-glycinate.

Although the addition of the indicated sources of calcium and iron were approved, the EC declined to permit the addition of boron and its sources to the positive list following objections from some member states.

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