12 March 2002
High-dose vitamin and mineral treatments may be outlawed from UK health shops and chemists if a European Union directive becomes law.
At present, suppliers are allowed to produce tablets which contain high concentrations. The new law would mean pills will be able to contain, at the most, a recommended daily allowance. Manufacturers will be able to put the case for supplements if they can prove efficacy and safety.
The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry supported legislation to ensure "products that would do people some good are understood and rational". The Consumers' Association said, "It's a scandal that food supplements are not properly regulated".
It said the directive would give consumers more reassurance they were buying supplements which were safe and of high quality.