Chlorine Dioxide

Department of Health written question – answered on 16th June 2015.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Food Standards Agency has taken to investigate the effects of the promotion of chlorine dioxide as a food supplement; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the risk to children from the promotion of chlorine dioxide as a food supplement or cure for autism; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the National Crime Agency has taken to investigate the potential harm to children posed by the promotion of chlorine dioxide as a food supplement or cure for autism; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Local authorities have made the Food Standards Agency (FSA) aware of a number of cases where chlorine dioxide has been marketed for sale as “Miracle Mineral Solution” (MMS). The FSA is working with the Department, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and local authorities to investigate these cases and protect the public.

The FSA along with the Department and MHRA are joining together to highlight and warn consumers of the dangers of consumption of these products. The FSA has worked hard to raise awareness of the dangers of MMS through its communications channels and has previously warned the public about this product on its website at:

http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2012/5206/cdswarning

The National Crime Agency is not investigating the sale of chlorine dioxide. It is not a controlled drug under drugs precursor chemicals legislation. The safety of food supplements is covered by general food law and therefore it must be safe and not cause injury.

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