EUROPE: EU demands new labelling laws for health drinks

By Alan Osborn | 28 September 2001

Labels on drinks sold as health supplements - which contain "healthy" vitamins or minerals - will have to carry specific information as to content and usage under a new EU directive. The directive, approved by EU ministers in a "political agreement" yesterday, still needs to be accepted by the European Parliament and then formally agreed by ministers. But if it is, drinks not carrying the information will be outlawed from June 2004.

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Labels on drinks sold as health supplements - which contain "healthy" vitamins or minerals - will have to carry specific information as to content and usage under a new EU directive. The directive, approved by EU ministers in a "political agreement" yesterday, still needs to be accepted by the European Parliament and then formally agreed by ministers. But if it is, drinks not carrying the information will be outlawed from June 2004.

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