Food Supplements

New scientific and regulatory challenges regarding the legislative status of new ingredients…

The Turkish Food Codex Communiqué 2013/49 on Food Supplements came into force on 16 August 2013. The Communiqué  specify compositional and labelling requirements of food supplements. This Communiqué must be read, primarily, in conjunction with the Regulation on Import, Production, Processing and Placing on the Market of Food Supplements. Food supplements require product approval to be imported into the Turkey. Some products that are presented as food supplements may be regarded in law as medicinal products/traditional herbal medicinal products as defined in the Turkish Regulation on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products. This is a complex legal area where some products fall on the borderline between the two categories. Although, Turkey has been bringing its regulations in line with the EU food law, Turkish national divergences are still in place as in the case of food supplements.

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The Turkish Food Codex Food Supplements Communiqué  2013/49 lays down very specific rules for vitamins and minerals used as ingredients in food supplements. Only certain vitamins and minerals can be used in food supplements, and only certain formats of these vitamins and minerals have been approved for use. Setting maximum levels for vitamin and mineral supplements and the regulation of other substances used in food supplements were outstanding challenges in practice.

The Turkish Food Codex Food Supplements Communiqué  2013/49 set out a number of specific labelling requirements for food supplements. In addition, the labels of food supplements must also comply with the general food labelling requirements mentioned in the Turkish Food Codex Regulation on Labelling Foodstuff and Information to Consumers.

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