March 1999 on dietary foods for special
medical purposes (as amended by Directive 2006/141/EC)sets out rules for the
composition and labelling of foods that are
specifically formulated, processed and
intended for the dietary management of
diseases, disorders or medical conditions of
individuals who are being treated under
medical supervision. These foods are intended
for the exclusive or partial feeding of
people whose nutritional requirements cannot
be met by normal foods. The Directive gives
guidance for the minimum and maximum levels
of vitamins and minerals. Directive 2006/141/EC amended the levels of manganese in products intended for infants and young children.
Committee on Food has in its opinion (see
below) on foods for special medical purposes
of December 1996 provided the scientific
advice on which these rules are based. Nutritional substances that may be used in the manufacture of foods for special medical purposes are laid down in Commission Regulation (EC) No 953/2009.
What will the new Regulation 609/2013 on Food for Specific Groups (FSG) do for foods for special medical purposes from 20 July 2016?
- Set general compositional and labelling rules;
- Require the Commission to adopt through delegated act specific compositional and labelling rules for foods for special medical purposes including infants. This delegated act will replace Directive 1999/21/EC.