What Are The Labelling Regulations On Health Supplements?
With a longstanding history producing labels for the health and lifestyle markets, there are some key pieces of information required when creating labels for health supplements.
The labelling requirements and regulations in England regarding food supplements are laid out in the “Food Supplements Regulations 2003”, with equivalent regulations existing in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
As described in the Department of Health’s “supplements”, food supplements cannot be sold unless the label includes the following information.
- The name of the category of vitamin or mineral (or other substance) which has a nutritional or physiological effect which characterises the product or an indication of the nature of the product.
- The recommended daily consumption portion, with a warning not to exceed the recommended dosage.
- A statement that such supplements are not substitutes for a varied diet.
- A warning that the product should be stored out of reach of young children and a statement to the effect of the product and the amount of any vitamin, mineral, or substance with a nutritional or physiological effect which is present in the product.
Don’t Forget The General Labelling Requirements.
What About Vegetarian Or Vegan Products?
Whilst there are specific requirements regarding food supplements, it is also important that you do not forget the general labelling requirements states in the Food Labelling Regulations 1996. This includes important information such as:
- A list of ingredients,
- The name of the product,
- The mount of certain ingredients used,
- Special storage conditions/conditions required,
- The name and address of the manufacturer/packer/seller,
- Any instructions required,
- The place of origin for the food (in the event that failure to do so might mislead a customer).
Whilst there are no laws regarding the definition of vegetarian or vegan food (either at UK or EU level) it is important to remember that customers are protected by general labelling requirements and general food law. This means that false or misleading labelling is outlawed.
As such, in order to make sure that you labelling is legally compliant, make sure you follow the relevant best practices with regards to the products you are producing. However, in the future there will be information regarding what the advisory criteria for the terms “vegetarian” and “vegan” are. Information regarding the future content can be found on the National Archive.
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