EU ministers yesterday [Thursday] reached "political agreement" on a proposed directive designed to harmonise the widely different national rules covering the sale of food supplements sold in special doses, in sachets, pills and capsules. Essentially the legislation sets maximum limits determined by how much vitamins and minerals is good for the average person and how much he or she may take in from other foods already. Labels will give recommendations on use and warnings about excessive consumption and will be barred from claims that usage can prevent, treat or cure illness.