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By Aude Mahy, Aleksandra Sanak The European Commission has recently amended the Union list of additives authorised for use in food supplements. These products were categorized by their form of supply: solid, liquid and syrup-type or chewable. The latter category often led to interpretation issues. Following the discussions with Member States, the Commission decided to […]

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