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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

Local MP Joins Fight Against EU Legislation

11th October 2010
Local MP Joins Fight Against EU Legislation
Vitamin & Mineral supplements t risk from the heavy hand of Brussels

Local MP, Gordon Henderson has today been thanked by a leading campaign group for defending consumer choice. He has given his backing to the fight to stop EU legislation removing thousands of vitamins and mineral supplements from high street stores. By signing Early Day Motion 146 on the Food Supplements Directive, Gordon Henderson signalled his firm commitment to local businesses and consumers that he will not just roll over and accept whatever Brussels decides to throw at us.

Hitting out at the forthcoming proposals, Gordon Henderson said “European regulators are committed to decide what dose levels of vitamins & minerals they will allow us to take, and I predict they will be well below those levels accepted as safe and on the shelves of most health food shops and available right across Britain. To ban safe products just to tick another box and make everyone the same across Europe is madness. A good example of this is the nation’s favourite 1 gram Vitamin C. Unless we stop this legislation we may never see it again”.

“There is another side to this apart from the important issue of public health” he added. The affects on industry and small independent shops will be devastating. It is estimated that around 700 independent health shops will close and many specialist manufacturing jobs will be lost – numbers running into several thousands”.
 
Leading the campaign to block the regulations and protect consumer rights is the group Consumers for Health Choice. Director Sue Croft told us “We have been told for years that this proposed legislation is essential to protect consumers, but that is nonsense. EU makes no secret of the fact they want to make sure every Member State has the same opportunity to each sell exactly the same products, at the same doses, across the whole of Europe. No competition, no specialist formulations, very few of the most bio-available nutrient forms – a ‘one size fits all’ approach to our health.

“The Commission was unwise ever to have brought forward this legislation. It is unnecessary and actually risks putting consumers in danger since they will be pushed into the grey market of the internet, and overseas mail order sales from unregulated sources where there is no advice and qualities are unknown”.

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