On 17 January 2018, the French Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) indicated that it will lift the current maximum limits for the vitamins B1, B2, B5, B8, B12 and vitamin K.
The strict application of maximum levels by the French authorities has been the subject of a Court of Justice ruling last April 2017 (see our news item posted on 5 May 2018). The Court argued that under current EU law, diverging maximum limits between member states may be applied if they are based on the most reliable scientific data available and the most recent results of international research. The data relied on by the French authorities was outdated and based on national scientific evidence.
As a consequence, the DGCCRF has presented a proposal for the establishment of new maximum levels of vitamins and minerals for use in food supplements taking into account the recommended values established by EFSA (See Recommandations sanitaires relatives aux nutriments). Eventually, the values in the Decree on nutrients (ArrÃªtÃ© du 9 mai 2006 relatif aux nutriments pouvant Ãªtre employÃ©s dans la fabrication des complÃ©ments alimentaires) will be updated on the basis of the proposal. For the time being, the values in the proposal are to be applied as indicative limits.