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Toxicological and Nutritional Aspects of the Use of Minerals and Vitamins in Foods

The Federal Institute for Health Protection of Consumers and Veterinary Medicine (BgVV) is highly concerned about the development on the market for food supplements or dietary supplements as well as to the trend towards the uncontrolled fortification of processed foods for general consumption2 with micronutrients and non-nutrients.

This means that the consumer is increasingly losing control of his daily intake of vitamins and minerals from these sources and the risk to overdose is growing. We believe that the health-conscious consumer is particularly at risk when he starts the day with a multivitamin tablet and fortified muesli, enjoys a corresponding dairy product as a snack and in the afternoon ingests fortified beverages and "performance-enhancing" snacks in the form of bars and the like.

We are particularly concerned about the fortification of sweets since this gives them unjustified status in nutrition and children could run the risk of consuming minerals on a by no means safe level.

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Toxicological and Nutritional Aspects of the Use of Minerals and Vitamins in Foods