FSAI report on vitamin and mineral levels in food supplements on the Irish market

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has released a report on the safety of vitamins and minerals in food supplements. The report sets out the maximum levels for 21 of the 30 vitamins and minerals permitted in food supplements in Ireland.

As the European Commission has yet to establish maximum safe levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements, this report will act as a guidance to the Irish food industry to ensure safe food supplement products on the Irish market. The report is also useful to consumers as it will give guidance on what the maximum daily amount of vitamins and minerals by age and gender.

The report highlights that food supplements do not act as a substitute to a healthy balanced diet. For the Irish population food supplements are recommended in two incidences - daily folic acid for sexually active women, as it is proven to lower the risk of birth defects of the brain and spinal cord in a baby, and Vitamin D for all infants under the age of 12 months.  

A doctor or dietitian should be consulted if you are considering food supplements.

Posted: 07/06/2018 16:00:10 by Marian O’Reilly


 

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