Wednesday, 12th March 2008
The European Commission is to investigate a petition submitted by an Irish woman campaigning against an EU directive on food supplements.
Jill Bell from the Irish Association of Health Stores (IAHS), said the planned legislation would ban consumers from taking more than the Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamin and mineral supplements without a doctor's prescription.
Tens of thousands of Irish people signed the petition last year, and the European Parliament's Petitions Committee has decided that the issue merits further examination. Independent MEP Kathy Sinnott, Vice-President of the committee, welcomed the news. She said, 'While the ceiling limits in the supplements directive have not yet been published, it's clear that they will unjustifiably restrict access to nutrient-boosting supplements that have proved safe and effective in Ireland and the UK for over 40 years. People should have the choice to protect their health with vitamins and minerals at the dose and form that they require.'
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