Ruffley attacks European Directive on Food Supplements

Tuesday, 12 July, 2005

David Ruffley MP has today written to the Prime Minister calling on him to save the thousands of safe and popular food supplements that are under threat.

David met with the manager of Holland & Barrett in Bury St Edmunds on Friday, 10 June to discuss this issue and has been campaigning for a number of months on behalf of his constituents. David has also recently signed an Early Day Motion in parliament highlighting this issue.

The ruling contradicts the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice's opinion earlier this year that the Food Supplements Directive, as drafted, is invalid under European law.

David said:

'The ruling means that Brussels can now proceed with a planned crackdown which is designed to ban about 200 supplements from sale in the shops, while also imposing new upper limits on vitamin doses.

'This ruling is a devastating blow for thousands of people who regularly use food supplements and vitamins. Some 5,000 products will potentially be banned from the UK market.

'I have today written to the Prime Minister to ask what steps he is taking to prevent this destructive ruling being introduced.'