FOREIGN AGRICULTURAL SERVICE
and European Parliament Directive
2009/39/EC is a framework directive laying down rules for foodstuffs intended for
particular nutritional uses. Foodstuffs for particular nutritional uses are foodstuffs
which, due to their special composition or manufacturing process, can clearly be
distinguished from foodstuffs for normal consumption.
Commission Regulation 953/2009 lists the substances that may be added for specific nutritional purposes in foodstuffs for particular nutritional uses.
compositional and hygiene requirements, provisions regarding the quality of raw materials,
a list of additives/substances, specific labeling requirements, sampling procedures and
analysis methods have been laid down in specific directives for four product categories:
Directive 2006/125EC on processed cereal-based foods and baby foods for infants and
A fifth specific directive on foods and beverages for sportsmen will be drafted in the future. No decision has been made yet if a specific directive will be developed for foods intended for people suffering from diabetes. (Directive 1999/41/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, published in O.J. L 172 of 8 July 1999). Meanwhile, these foodstuffs remain subject to Member State legislation.
To take advantage of technological developments, the Commission may authorize the marketing of products which do not comply with the requirements of the specific directives for a two-year period.
EU Proposal: Composition & Labeling of Infant & Follow-on Formulae - GAIN report E36116
Revision of the EU's Infant Formulae and Follow-On Formulae Directive - GAIN report E35051