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Consumer pressure grows in London

Consumers for Health Choice (CHC) presented a million-strong petition to the British Parliament in November protesting both the European Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive and the Food Supplements Directive. The petition claims the Directives restrict freedom of choice and will see hundreds of products and ingredients removed from the market, sending many manufacturers out of business in the process.

Although the Food Supplements Directive became law in June 2002, the detail of the legislation has yet to be finalised. This includes upper safe levels for nutrients and a positive list of ingredients that will be permitted for use in food supplements.

Scientific dossiers supporting non-listed nutrients and USLs can be submitted to the EU's newly established food safety evaluation body until 2005.

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