Regulatory Dietary Products
Regulatory dietary products.
Dietary products regulations are Regulation 609/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of June 12, 2013. In this standard, products related to the intended food are regulated
- infants and young children,
- food for special medical uses and
- Substitutes for the complete diet for weight control.
Therefore, for now only these 3 categories are the only ones regulated as dietary or special foods. It is these that have specific labeling and composition conditions. That is, that dietary products are not regulated with horizontal food standards such as food supplement legislation.
Before the entry into force of this Regulation, in Directive 2009/39/EC, foods for people with metabolic diseases related to carbohydrates (diabetics) were considered as dietary foods. But in that directive no specific composition provisions were established for this (it was the same as with food intended for intense muscle wasting, especially for athletes).
Instead, the Commission was urged to prepare a report with its opinion on the need or not to specifically regulate this category of food. The Commission concluded that there is no scientific basis for establishing specific composition requirements in dietary products regulations.
Therefore, until today there has been no need to legislate separately this food group as dietary products regulations, and must comply with the current horizontal food regulations. Unlike what happens with food supplements regulations.
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