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Deadline approaching for comments on Sweden’s vitamin D & iodine restrictions

By Stephen Daniells contact

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Related tags: Vitamin d, Iodine, Sweden

Stakeholders have one more month to submit comments to the European Commission on Sweden’s proposals to revise maximum levels of vitamin D and iodine.

The proposal calls for changes to the recommended maximum daily dose of food supplements on the market in Sweden such that levels of vitamin D must not exceed 100 micrograms (μg) or 200 µg for iodine.

The proposal also states that the maximum limit rules will come into force on 1 January 2024.


According to the proposal, which can be viewed HERE​, Swedish Food Agency “considers there is strong scientific support for the risks of consuming amounts of these substances over time that exceed the proposed maximum levels. Food supplements containing levels of these substances exceeding the proposed maximum levels are present on the market.”

One hundred micrograms of vitamin D is the equivalent of 4,000 International Units (IUs) of the sunshine vitamin.

“With the new maximum limits, it will be safer for people who eat supplements with vitamin D or iodine because they do not risk ingesting too much of these substances by mistake,”​ said Jan Sjögren, Head of Department at Sweden’s National Food Administration.           

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