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Dietary Supplements: Proposed Directive

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: We have been advised by the Food Standards Agency that the text of the proposed directive on dietary supplements has been circulated for comment to interested parties, including consumer groups, enforcement authorities, manufacturers and retailers. When detailed views are known, the United Kingdom will seek any necessary clarifications and amendments. In the meantime we are taking every opportunity to press the case for arrangements which protect public health but do not restrict unnecessarily the range of products available to consumers. We believe that limits on the levels of vitamins and minerals in dietary supplements should only be set where necessary and should be based on safety considerations. The Food Standards Agency is taking every opportunity to promote this view in discussions with the European Commission and other member states.

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