Food Supplements: EU Law

Health written question – answered on 15th May 2008.

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Photo of David Tredinnick David Tredinnick Conservative, Bosworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what steps he is taking to ensure that the food supplements directive and the nutrition and health claims directive are implemented in the Crown Dependencies of the United Kingdom in accordance with Protocol 3 of the UK's Treaty of Accession;

(2) with reference to the answer of 25 October 2007, Official Report, columns 551-54W, on dietary supplements: EU law, whether the Food Standards Agency has received responses from the Governments of Jersey and Guernsey to the letters it sent on 10 September 2007; and when a collective meeting with the representatives of these Governments is planned to take place.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

Responses have been received from the Governments of Jersey and Guernsey, and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) hosted a meeting of representatives from the Crown Dependencies on 11 April 2008.

The FSA continues to work with the Ministry of Justice, the Department responsible for the Crown Dependencies, and the Administrations in the Crown Dependencies regarding implementation of the food supplements directive and nutrition and health claims Regulation to prevent trade in food supplements that would be illegal in the United Kingdom.

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Mr Raymond Neal
Posted on 17 May 2008 4:38 pm (Report this annotation)

I have been taking food supplements for approx: 45 years with no adverse reactions. For the last 3 years I have increased my consumption substantially and feel wonderful.
I might add that my body is 80 years old but I am 60, thanks to these supplements. Also I have searched the internet and read many scientific papers for many years now and have not found one case of a death from food supplements. It's a lot different from the deaths from prescription drugs which run into thousands per year.