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Nutrition: Regulation

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 62635, tabled on 25 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform independent report, published on 16 June 2021, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making regulatory reforms to support the medical nutrition industry in line with that report's findings.

Answered on

2 November 2021

The Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform’s report recommended establishing a regulatory framework for the category of novel, health enhancing foods and supplements. The Department has reviewed this recommendation and concluded that the United Kingdom already has in place the legislation and processes required for the regulation of these products. These items are included in existing product categories such as food supplements, novel foods, additives, enzymes and food flavourings, foods for specific groups and medicines.