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Denmark proposes vitamin D fortification

12-Aug-2009
Last updated on 12-Aug-2009 at 13:47 GMT2009-08-12T13:47:30Z

Denmark has backed a Swedish scheme that sees voluntary vitamin D milk fortification up to 10 per cent of recommended daily intakes (RDIs).

Danish representatives presented the pro-fortification findings of a Danish National Food Institute (DNFI) working group to the July meeting of the European Commission Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) and vowed to conduct further research into the area.

At the meeting, Denmark questioned whether derogation from voluntary fortification minimums was appropriate in the light of the DNFI urging higher levels of vitamin D consumption in Denmark to combat low sunlight levels and therefore lower in vivo production of the vitamin.

Some member states supported the motion and further discussions were to take place at an expert working group to tackle the relevant issues, such as nutrition labelling, food fortification and nutrition and health claims.

The DNFI said it would prepare a paper that considered such issues, which could be presented by April, 2010.