Presenting the checks of dietary supplements by NFCSO

Friday, June 28, 2019

Author: Blanka Daniella Szilvássy



The interest in various dietary supplements, which are considered to be beneficial for human physiological effects, has been growing steadily for years, so the importance of their food safety is increasing due to increasing consumption. Their production and distribution are bound for notification by the law. In the current legislative environment, these products are in the category of foods, and their control is, the responsibility of the food safety authority, among others. In my manuscript, I present the most important results of the inspections carried out by the NFCSO and the Pangea Action carried out internationally in 2018. Inspections were carried out partly by the NFCSO on the basis of own control and monitoring plans, and partly on notifications of public interest. The results of several investigations were published on the website of NFCSO.


According to ESZCSM decree 37/2004. (IV. 26.), dietary supplements belong to the category of foods. Based on the definitions of the decree, this group includes foods that contain nutrients or other substances having nutritional or physiological effects in a concentrated form, individually or in combination. These products are marketed in a pre-dispensed or dispensable form, such as capsules, pastilles, pills, powders in packets, ampoules, drop bottles or other similar forms suitable for dispensing small amounts.


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