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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04066: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 26 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in light of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's recommendation that everyone over four should consume 10 micrograms of vitamin D daily.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 4 November 2016

The Scottish Government has updated its advice on vitamin D supplementation for ages 6 months and over in line with the new Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition recommendations on vitamin D. The revised guidance is set out in full at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Health/Healthy-Living/Food-Health/vitaminD

It is important that we ensure that people are aware of the importance of vitamin D. The Scottish Government is currently considering how best to raise awareness of the new recommendations amongst the general public, particularly those most at risk of vitamin D deficiency. Healthcare professionals play an important role in raising awareness of the importance of vitamin D and we will work to ensure that they are fully aware of these new recommendations.

In addition, the Scottish Government will offer free vitamins, which contain the recommended daily dose of vitamin D, to all pregnant women from Spring 2017.