Vitamins and minerals

Pursuant to the Claims Regulation, a food may be called a source of a vitamin or mineral, if it contains a significant amount of the vitamin or mineral in question.

In this case 100 grams or 100 millilitres of the product or a package containing one portion shall contain at least 15% of the daily reference intake of the vitamin or mineral. For beverages, a content of 7.5% of the daily reference intake in 100 millilitres of the beverage is adequate.

Correspondingly, nutrition claim "high in vitamin or mineral" can be used, if 100 grams or 100 millilitres of the product or a package containing one portion contains 30% of the daily reference intake of the nutrient in question, or if 100 millilitres of a beverage contains15% of the daily reference intake.

If a food package contains several portions, 100 grams or 100 millilitres of the product shall contain a significant amount of the vitamin or mineral in question.

The same conditions are applied to food supplements. A food supplement may only be marketed as a source of a vitamin and/or mineral and a vitamin and/or mineral may only be included in the list of characteristic substances, provided the daily intake of the vitamin and/or mineral from the food supplement is at least 15 per cent of the reference daily intake, when consumed according to the dosage instructions. If the food supplement is sold specifically as an excellent or good source of nutrients, or marketed as being high in vitamins or nutrients, Finnish Food Authority is of the view that the daily intake from the food supplement, when consumed according to the dosage instructions, must be at least 30% of the daily reference intake.

The daily reference intake values of vitamins and minerals are specified in Nutrient Labelling Decree 588/2009 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and in Annex XIII to Food Information Regulation 1169/2011.

Page last updated 7/15/2019