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12.11.2019 MONAKOLIN K: Update on national measures

We have been informed that actions have been initiated in some Member States to request the withdrawal from the market of food supplements containing RYR monacolin K above 3 mg per daily recommended amount. This obviously follows the draft proposal by the Commission that was discussed during the meeting of the Member States experts on 14 October and in which these products are proposed to be banned (put in Part A). více

12.11.2019 PYRROLIZIDINE ALKALOIDS (PA): Meeting with DG AGRI - Call for Action

This is to inform you that on 23 October, Food Supplements Europe together with EUROPAM had a meeting with the Head of Unit in DG AGRI, responsible for food safety. The meeting was well prepared and very constructive and we trust that DG AGRI will provide input when the proposed lease will enter the Commission Inter-service Consultation.

Attached is the follow-up letter that was sent to DG AGRI, following the meeting.

Success will depend on two activities at national level:

- We will obviously need to convince the Member States. We would therefore ask our members to see if a similar initiative with farmers/growers can be initiated at national level to communicate the same messages.

- It is important to show we are active in preparing. This means that awareness to the issues of PA must be raised with companies. Our call for data and lack of responses make it painfully clear that companies and extract suppliers are not yet preparing for this measure, despite this being known for almost 2 years already. Worse, many have no idea about the level of PA in their products. We can only assume that this also means that no measures are put in place to reduce the risk of PA contamination. In particular the presence on the market of products containing high levels of PA (by the use of PA producing botanicals) is of serious concern for consumer health.

Food Supplements Europe will update its quality guide with explicit recommendations relating to PA and take further steps to raise awareness in its membership. We will do so in close collaboration with the growers of botanicals. We would ask our members to do the same. If required, we can organise a webinar for your membership to explain the issue and to raise awareness for action. Do not hesitate to call upon the Secretariat if you would need any support. více

18.10.2019 ARTICLE 8: Outcome of Working Group on food supplements meeting of October 14, 2019

This is to provide you with the information we have received regarding the outcome of yesterday’s Commission and Member States working group on food supplements.  více

10.10.2019 ARTICLE 8: Comments on betaine, D-ribose and Trans-resveratrol

As we informed you, the meeting of the Member States Working Group on food supplements is scheduled to discuss a number of article 8 issues during their meeting on 14 October.

Three new candidates include Betaine, D-Ribose and Trans-resveratrol. The discussion on these substances is fall-out from the discussions on these substances authorised as Novel Food. The reasons for the individual cases are listed below.

The Commission asked our views, if any, before the meeting. Attached are our initial comments that we have communicated. Although this is a first discussion on these substances, it would be great if members could also convey these messages to the national authority experts participating to the meeting.

For your ease, a background document for internal use is also attached, explaining the issue on these three compounds.


4.10.2019 ARTICLE 8 Substances & Dribose/betaine/transresveratrol : Agenda of Food Supplement Working Group - October 14, 2019

As indicated during our Forum Meeting this week, the EC and Members states Working Group on Food Supplements will take place on October 14, 2019. The agenda is attached for your information.  více

4.10.2019 HAD: Draft document on the importances of Aloe in the EU

Please find attached for your information and use the final document that has been shared with the Commission. více

4.10.2019 Official Controls: Outcome of the meeting with EC

Today, the FSE secretariat met with the EC officials in charge of the Official Control Regulation (Mr Gumbel, deputy head of Unit G3 and Mr Debaere, policy officer).  více

6.9.2019 GFLR: New Regulation published

This is to inform you that today, the amendment to the General Food Law Regulation has been published in the OJ as Regulation 2019/1381. It shall apply from 27 March 2021.See: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=OJ:L:2019:231:FULL&from=EN více

30.8.2019 OFFICIAL CONTROLS : Draft Proposals for consultation


21.8.2019 CONTAMINANTS : update on adoption of proposals on citrinin in FS and erucic acid in vegetable oils

This is to inform you of that in August, the European Commission (EC) has notified to the WTO, two draft text of relevance to food supplements: the first one concerning the maximum level of erucic acid in certain foodstuffs, the second concerning the level of citrinin in red rice yeast supplements.  více

19.8.2019 SWITZERLAND: Proposed new maximum levels for nutrients in food supplements: FSE proposed comments

Please find attached the final comments that have been submitted from our side by SANI in the consultation on the new maximum levels. více

26.7.2019 OTHER SUBSTANCES : NORWAY adopts Regulation following notification


24.7.2019 OFFICIAL CONTROLS : EC Consultation on List of products subject to Border Controls

As part of the implementation of the new official Control Regulation (EU) 2017/625, the Commission is consulting stakeholders on the proposed implementing regulation laying down rules as regards the lists of animals, products of animal origin, germinal products, animal by-products and derived products and hay and straw subject to official controls at border control posts (BCPs) and amending Decision 2007/275/EC (see draft regulation and draft annex attached) .  více

24.7.2019 Netherlands notifies an amendment to their Herbal Preparation Decree


24.7.2019 MAXIMUM LEVELS : Poland Sets MLs for certain Vitamin and Minerals

We would like to inform you that the Polish Chief Sanitary Inspectorate has recently published maximum amounts for several vitamins and minerals in food supplements for adults. více

3.7.2019 PYRROLIZIDINE ALKALOIDS: Update and further actions

This is to update you on the status and our actions relating to the Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids proposal of the Commission.

As expected and despite our contacts with certain Member Status, the Standing Committee did not raise questions on 27 June. The Commission is therefore proceeding and will have a final discussion in the working group meeting on 6 September, to finalise the remaining technical issues.

The proposal will also be shared with us mid July to selected stakeholders for comments. It will not go in the feedback mechanism for a general public consultation. After the working group meeting it will be notified to WTO. 

The Commission is not clear yet when the proposal will go into inter-service consultation. This can be within the next 2 weeks also at a later stage.

We are now focusing our work in collaborating with EUROPAM to convince DG AGRI two voice comments into the proposal during the inter service consultation.  více

18.6.2019 GENERAL FOOD LAW : Council adopts final text

The Council has formally approved the compromise text on the Proposal for Regulation on the Transparency and Sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain on June 13, 2019. This closes the adoption process of this text, which now has to be published in the Official Journal (expected on September 6, 2019). více

14.6.2019 CONTAMINANTS: PYRROLIZIDINE ALKALOIDS - Outcome of the meeting of the EC working group

As announced, last Friday we were invited to the working group on agricultural contaminants to present our arguments in favour of an approach that sets maximum levels for PA on the basis of the recommended daily amount.
We had asked for that meeting and went together with AESGP and EUROPAM.

The feedback from the Commission on the meeting shows unfortuntely that the Member States did not move from their usual approach, despite the good arguments we presented. There was little discussion and also quite a few Member States were not even present.

The proposal (the value of 400 µg did not change neither) will now be presented to the Standing Committee and them follow the usual process of inter service consultation and formal adoption. There may also still be a consultation.

There is still a possibility to change the approach, if we can convince a few important Member States. Attached is the presentation we used. We are very happy to help you in your contacts with national authorities where-ever necessary. Any feedback you could collect from their side on the meeting and the approach would be great.

I propose that we have a call to see how we can further coordinate. Would Thursday or Friday afternoon work for you? více

28.5.2019 CONTAMINANTS: PYRROLIZIDINE ALKALOIDS - Outcome of the MS working group meeting

Last Friday the EC Working Group on Agricultural Contaminants discussed Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids and in particular our position.

We are pleased to inform you that there was agreement to increase the LoQ for analysis from 5 to 10 µg/kg and that there was only limited objection to a transition period for the measure.

The Member States however have not yet accepted our approach for 1 µg/kg yet. The approach was presented by the Commission, but is quite different from what is applied today, with some Member States firmly objecting and no further support from others. We have secured however a slot during the next meeting of the Working group, on 7 June to come and present our proposal directly to the Member States.

We will now coordinate with the other associations how to present our position.

We will keep you further updated.


14.5.2019 PYRROLIZIDINE ALKALOIDS: Outcome of a meeting with the Commission

Yesterday Food Supplements Europe met with the European Commission to discuss our approach.
We are glad to inform you that the Commission is willing to discuss and support our approach at the next meeting of the Member States, taking place on 24 May.

1. Declaration per recommended daily amount:

- The approach was welcomed and generally supported. The Commission asked us to provide an overview of what this would mean in terns of actual content in the final product and also to provide us with examples on how the daily amount is mentioned on the label (so Member States are clear and would not differ in how they will calculate the levels).

2. Benchmark level:

- This may be difficult for the Member States to accept, but in any case a transition period will be set. 
- The Commission noted that, since the approach is based on the BMDL10, Member States could in principle consider products exceeding the levels as dangerous and take action under the General Food Law Regulation. Also for products that are specifically intended for children, they could consider exposure based on the lower body weight.

3. LoQ set at 10 mcg/kg

- There is still feedback fro the European Reference Laboratory that is expected. The LoQ will be discussed in the light of these findings.

Our agreed position therefore remains unchanged (except that we will remove ‘pollen and pollen products’, as these are not food supplements). 
This approach is supported also by AESGP and EUROPAM and we will go to the Commission together.

It is the intention of the Commission to finalise this work before the summer break. There will be a consultation on the final proposal.

Give that the Commission asked us asked to provide an overview of actual contents in final products and examples on how the daily amount is mentioned on labels, we would appreciate if you could send us labels of products from your country (products will remain anonymised). Attached is an overview, based on products that were purchased in Brussels, and we hope that with the information received, we will be able to complete this overview and provide examples to the Commission by mid next week. více


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