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PR(09)25: Iceland fails to incorporate a directive on infant formula and follow-on formula


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to deliver a reasoned opinion to Iceland for failure to incorporate a Directive on infant formula and follow-on formula.[1]

Infant formula and follow-on formula are products designed to satisfy the specific nutritional requirements of healthy infants and young children. The Directive updates the requirements for the composition and labelling of infant formula and follow-on formula. The annexes to the Directive give criteria for the composition (protein, carbohydrate, fat, mineral substances, vitamins and certain other ingredients) of infant formulae and follow-on formulae including, where necessary, minimum and maximum levels.

Iceland should have implemented the Directive by 7 June 2008.

Delivering a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The EFTA Surveillance Authority may bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Iceland fails to take satisfactory measures within two months of receiving the reasoned opinion.


For further information, please contact:

Ms. Helen Pope
Senior Officer, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 38

18 March 2009

[1]    Commission Directive 2006/141/EC of 22 December 2006 on infant formulae and follow-on formulae and amending Directive 1999/21/EC


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