Fortification of foods (Denmark)

Regulation (EC) No 1925/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the addition of vitamins and miner-als and of certain other substances to foods applies to the fortification of foods. However, national legislation also applies in Denmark as to the addition of vitamins, minerals and certain other substances to foods. An executive order exists as to the addition of vitamins and minerals, applying to regular foods and not food supplements, and an exec-utive order exists as to the addition of certain other substances (such as e.g. caffeine), applying to both regular foods and food supplements. For each of the said executive orders, an annex has been appended with food categories and the relevant nutrients which may be added to a given food category, including the relevant maximum limit. If a food fits in a listed food cat-egory, and the nutrients added are not above the maximum limit, a notification is still required to be made at the same time at the latest as when the product is placed on the Danish market. If a food category is not listed, if the nu-trients are not listed for that specific category, or if the maximum amount of a certain nutrient is exceeded, preap-proval must be obtained from the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) prior to the marketing of the product in Denmark. Please note that processing of the application by the DVFA may take up to six months. Before the DVFA decides on the application, it will typically consult the Danish Food Institute for a risk assessment of the addition of the nutrient.

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 30 May 2024. We recommend you contact a specialised food lawyer for legal advice for your particular circumstances to support commercial decisions which could impact your product or business.

Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn

Gorrissen Federspiel