Fortification of foods (Sweden)

The EU regulation on fortification is supplemented by Swedish national legislation. Sweden has specific rules on for-tification because the Swedish National Food Agency has deemed it necessary to improve the nutritional intake of the Swedish population. Most foods may in Sweden be fortified provided that, among other things, Regulation (EC) No 1925/2006 on the ad-dition of vitamins and minerals and certain other substances in foods is complied with. The regulation describes ex-ceptions and how fortification should be carried out. In addition, according to the Swedish Food Agency's regulation (LIVSFS 2018:5) on the fortification of certain foods, there are certain foods that must be fortified with vitamins A and D in order to be sold in Sweden. For example, milk, fermented milk products such as skimmed milk, the corresponding vegetable and lactose-free alternatives, marga-rine and certain cooking fat mixtures manufactured and sold in Sweden must be fortified. However, other fermented milk products, such as quark and cheese, as well as flavoured products or products with added sugars or sweeteners used in beverages are on the other hand not covered by the fortification requirements. The requirements only apply to foods intended for use by end consumers or large households. This means, for ex-ample, that margarine sold to another company for use only as an ingredient in a bakery product is not subject to the fortification rules. Notably, organic milk, fermented milk products, corresponding organic vegetable or lactose-free alternatives, marga-rines and edible fat mixtures that have been produced or placed on the market in another EU or EEA country must also be fortified in order to be sold in Sweden.

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.

Per Lidman