A market survey of vitamin and mineral supplements was carried out considering various points of purchase. 37 of 146 producers offered a total of 110 supplements marketed ‘directly’ (42%) or ‘indirectly’ (58%) for the use of children. These products contained 31 different nutrients, vitamins more frequently than minerals. The number of nutrients per product ranged from 1 (23%) to over 10 (13%), maximum 26. In most cases, the daily dosage recommended by producers reached from 100 to 200% of the reference doses for nutrition labelling for vitamins and from 50 to 100% for minerals. In total, the findings point to an abundancy of products, nutrients and dosages in the German market supply of vitamin and mineral supplements for the use of children.

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