|The market for food supplements, for enriched and functional foods and for particular dietary uses (ex-Dietetics), in Italy is in full development. In our country, these products arrived later than in other European countries. There is still room to introduce new preparations and exploit the potential of a growing market.||Current regulations establish the minimum and maximum values for vitamins and minerals. They also established lists of substances that cannot be used and the maximum for those permitted. The presented claims for “Bothanicals” are currently on stand-by. In this phase of absence of legislation, the Department of Health has published a list of permitted claims, valid only for Italy, for different medicinal plants.|
|In EU there are Directives and Regulations regulating the matter. Each food category has one or more reference standards. These are supplemented by the Regulation on nutrition and health claims. For all food products other than conventional, notification of food label to the Italian Department of Health is mandatory and they may ask for modification.|
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