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Health - Petition to save Vitamins and Food Supplements


22nd April 2004

Jonathan Djanogly this week called on Huntingdon residents to sign an online petition to save the vitamins and mineral tablets used by millions of British people.

Jonathan Djanogly, the Member of Parliament for the Huntingdon Constituency, this week called on Huntingdon residents to sign an online petition to save the vitamins and mineral tablets used by millions of British people.

Under the new European Food Supplements Directive, vitamins like 1gm Vitamin C - currently on sale at local businesses such as Neways International, Kimbolton; St Neots Health Food Centre; Holland and Barrett, Huntingdon; Julian Graves, Huntingdon and Natural Choice, St Ives, will be banned. This is not for safety reasons, but in the name of 'European harmonisation'. Conservatives have launched an online petition, working in partnership with the pressure group Consumers for Health Choice, who are distributing postcards and posters to local health food stores.

Mr Djanogly said:

"Labour have let down millions of vitamins and food supplements users by rubber-stamping the badly drafted European Food Supplements Directive and I have received many complaints from local individuals and businesses. It is too late to reverse that decision, but it is not too late to change the way that the laws will be enforced and the small print. It is still possible to save many vitamin and health supplements that people across Huntingdonshire have been using safely for years.

I call upon local residents to sign our e-petition at www.conservatives.com/vitamins. With the public's help, we can force Ministers to preserve access to these products on behalf of Huntingdonshire consumers."



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