Codex decides on key issues for food supplement sector

July 21, 2011

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has agreed on a way forward for key issues in the food supplement sector—steviol glycosides, Nutrient Reference Values, genetically modified organisms, and fish oils. At its July meeting in Geneva, the CAC, the highest decision-making body in Codex, adopted firstly, the "General Principles for Establishing Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) of Vitamins and Minerals for the General Population."

It also adopted a "Compilation of Codex texts relevant to the Labeling of Foods Derived from Modern Biotechnology," following a decision from its food labeling committee to discontinue work on definitions and labeling conditions for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) following no agreement, and to develop the compilation of existing Codex texts instead.

Thirdly, the CAC endorsed the decision of its Codex Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO) to develop a "Standard for Fish Oils," which will cover oil from fish and shellfish. On the additives front, it agreed a maximum level for the use of steviol glycosides (INS 960) as an additive in food supplements, at the level of 2,500 mg/kg. This level and use applies only to chewable food supplements.

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