A proposal for a European Directive to cover food supplements, wasadopted by the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy on 24 January. The MEPs voted by 20 to sevenwith 22 abstentions in favour of the report by Emilia Franziska Mueller (EPP-ED, Germany) that is subject to approximately 30 amendments. The proposal aims to harmonise the Member States' national laws on food supplements. However, the Mueller report suggests that the proposal would not initially completely harmonise the situation for food supplements in Europe, and differentnational practices would still be possible in the Member States. To start with the Directive is supposed to cover only supplements containing vitamins andmineral salts. The patchwork of national rules covering these products have created impediments in intra-Community trade which the mutual recognitionprinciple has failed to overcome. The MEPs adopted several amendments in order to strengthen the proposal and to clarify the measures asregards such items as the labelling of the products sold, conditions governing purity and the quality of the ingredients as well as notification procedures. Demand for supplements in Europe has substantially increased with annual sales of about Euro 470.4 million in the United Kingdom and 388.5 million inGermany.