Defra is consulting on whether margarine manufacturers should no longer be required to fortify their products with vitamins A and D.
At present, they are required to do so under the UK’s Spreadable Fats and milk and Milk Products Regulations of 2008. But Defra said the rules went beyond EU requirements and amounted to “gold plating”. It is proposing to drop the requirement as part of its Red Tape Challenge. In a letter to stakeholders, it said only a small number of UK suppliers produced fat spreads that legally qualified as margarine - and were required to fortify - and that there were no health concerns relating to the abolition of the requirement.