Guidance

Food supplement use and labels

Supporting documents containing information about the use and labelling of food supplements in England.

Applies to England

Documents

Food supplements: summary information on legislation relating to the sale of food supplements

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Summary information on the labelling of food supplements

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Label advisory statement and suggested reformulations

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List of vitamins and minerals which may be used in the manufacture of food supplements in the EU

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Details

These documents are aimed at all food businesses that manufacture, process, distribute, use, sell or import food supplements. They offer a quick guide to the compositional and labelling rules that apply to these products.

Businesses seeking advice on the labelling of individual products should contact their local Trading Standards or Environmental Health Office. For details of your nearest office, see find a food safety team on the Foods Standards Agency website.

Published 26 September 2011
Last updated 2 November 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'Supplementary information: schedule 1' to correct the unit of measure used for zinc in schedule 1 of the Nutrition (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit Regulations 2019).

  2. Updated to incorporate correct DHSC mailbox address.

  3. Updated 'Guidance notes on legislation implementing Directive 2002/46/EC on food supplements' following the UK's departure from the EU. A new section 1 of the guidance has been incorporated to reflect changes to processes. Other changes to the document include the updating of links and contact details.

  4. Documents replaced 13 May 2013

  5. First published.