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PR(09)01: Iceland fails to implement Directives on foodstuffs


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to send two reasoned opinions to Iceland for failure to implement Directive 2006/129/EC on food additives other than colours and sweeteners and Directive 2007/26/EC on foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses[1].

The EEA Legislation on food additives is based on the principle that only those additives that are explicitly authorised may be used. Most food additives may only be used in limited quantities in certain foodstuffs. If no quantitative limits are foreseen for the use of a food additive, it must be used according to good manufacturing practice, i.e. only as much as necessary to achieve the desired technological effect.

Foodstuffs intended to satisfy particular nutritional requirements of specific groups of the population are called "foods for particular nutritional uses", "dietetic foods" or "dietary foods", which may sometimes be referred to as "PARNUTS" foods. The safety and bioavailability of these substances is evaluated before the product is put on the market and has to be labelled accordingly.

Iceland should have implemented both Directives on February 2008.

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

For further information, please contact:

Helen Pope,
Senior Officer
Internal Markets Affaisrs Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 38




[1]Commission Decision of 7 February 2006 amending Decision 2003/329/EC as regards the extension of the transitional measures on the heat treatment process for manureand Commission Directive 2007/26/EC of 7 May 2007 amending Directive 2004/6/EC to extend its period of application.

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