What is Supplementary Food?

A dietary supplement is a manufactured product intended to supplement the diet when taken by mouth as a pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid. A supplement can provide nutrients either extracted from food sources or synthetic, individually or in combination, in order to increase the quantity of their consumption. The class of nutrient compounds includes vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids and amino acids.

Food supplements are submitted for sale by importer and/or manufacturer and/or processor in place of sales, wholesale warehouses of such corporations or on domain name and the URL address or addresses declared by Food Corporation or directly by the seller contracted with food operator.

How is The Approval Registration Process Done?

Food companies carry out registration and/or approval procedures according provisions of “regulation on registration and approval of Food companies” published in the Official Gazette No. 28145 and dated 17/12/2011.

Approval is required for each supplement to be placed on the market. Approval applications for food supplements are made to provincial directorates.

The food operator applies to the provincial directorate with the following documents and petitions.

1. Trademark and name of the food supplement,

2. Percentage list of ingredients

3. Specification certificate,

4. Recommended daily intake dose,

5. Undertaking that HACCP and/or GMP are applied at the management where supplementary food is produced,

6. In subcontracted manufacturing subcontracting agreement,

7. The name, Latin name and part of the Botany which is positive in the plant list and which is allowed to be used in supplementary food,

8. The management’s own domain name and URL address (if any)

9. Fee receipt,

10. Undertaking specified in the third paragraph of Article 9 of the regulation,

11. Undertaking that the supplementary food brand is not a pharmaceutical brand,

12. Work flow chart from food enterprises producing/importing supplementary food containing propolis.

13. Document regarding by which method (organic agriculture, ecological agriculture, good agricultural practices, etc.) plants which are involved as the active ingredient in the composition of supplementary food are produced.

If the information and documents are complete and correct, the Provincial Directorate makes entries in the Food Safety Information System (GGBS), receives the approval number and approves the supplementary food.

Placing of Supplementary Food on The Market

Food supplements are submitted to market in;

  1. The importer and/or manufacturer’s and/or processor’s own sales place
  2. In the food business or wholesale warehouses of these business which are offered to the market,

c) Domain names and URL addresses declared by the food business operator,

d) it is presented to the market by the direct seller under contract with the food business operator,

How To Check The Label of Food Supplements?

Food operators within the scope of the regulation on importation, production, and processing and market supply of food supplements must comply with the provisions of the “Turkish Food Codex Labeling Regulation” and the “Turkish food Codex communiqué on food supplements”.

– The food business registration/approval number of the food business and the “food supplements approval number” are placed together on the label.

The phrases that must be available on the label within the scope of “Turkish Food Codex Labeling Regulation”

a) The name of the food.

b) List of ingredients.

c) Certain substances or products that cause allergy or intolerance.

d) Quantity of specific components or groups of components.

e) The nominal content of food.

f) Recommended expiry date or last expiry date.

g) Special protection and/or conditions of use.

h) Name or trade name and address of the food business operator,

i) Business registration number or identification mark.

j) Country of Origin.

k) If the proper consumption of the food is not possible without the information of the use, the instructions for the use of the food.

l) Actual alcohol degree by volume in beverages containing more than 1.2% alcohols by volume.

m) Nutrition notice. The labels, presentations and advertisements of supplements may not contain statements that indicate or refer to a disease that has the ability to prevent or cure it.