Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission
Referring to the previous Written Questions E‑2231/10 and E‑3202/10(1), the Commission would like to underline that it is fully aware of the importance of vitamin D for different aspects of human health and for disease prevention.
The maximum and minimum amounts of vitamins and minerals present in foods, including food supplements, foreseen by Directive 2002/46/EC(2) and Regulation (EC) No 1925/2006(3) will be established on a safety basis taking into account scientific assessment carried out by the European Food Safety Authority(4) and by other recognised scientific assessment bodies.
The work on setting maximum amounts is ongoing and, the Commission has consulted extensively with Member States and interested stakeholders on the issue. Every effort will be made to ensure that the widest possible range of safe products is available for consumers, avoiding at the same time the risks of both deficiency and excessive intakes.
The only EU instrument to provide financial support to awareness-raising on public health is the EU Health Programme. However, given that further scientific research on vitamin D deficiency is needed, the Commission does not envisage at this moment action on awareness-raising on vitamin D deficiency under the EU Health Programme.