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Europe Getting Closer to Severe Supplement Restrictions

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  • jdrape@lisco.com
    from: http://www.mercola.com/blog (which changes daily) Europe Getting Closer to Severe Supplement Restrictions It appears that the European Union is getting
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2004
      from: http://www.mercola.com/blog (which changes daily)

      Europe Getting Closer to Severe Supplement Restrictions

      It appears that the European Union is getting very close to putting severe
      restrictions on nutritional supplements in Europe. Their Food Supplements
      Directive creates a restricted list of vitamins and minerals that after
      August 2005, nutrients not on the list will be banned. A similar list exists
      for herbal products. The legislation states anything that 'restores,
      corrects or modifies physiological function' in the body will be deemed a
      drug.

      This is all done under the guise of public safety. However their combined
      effect, will be to drive out, degrade or drive underground many of the herbs
      and nutrients to which many are using to recover their health. This is
      exceptionally ridiculous in light of the fact that the risk of death from
      food supplements is less than that of being struck by lightning, and
      significantly less than that of dying of a drug allergy.
      The list appears to be compiled by clueless legislators who don't understand
      squat about natural medicine. As an example with respect to selenium they
      include the less beneficial inorganic selenite and selenate, but two organic
      forms, selenomethionine and selenium yeast, are not on the list and banned.
      Amazing that Europe could pass tough GM food laws but let the drug company
      succeed on the supplement front. Fortunately, the legislation is not law yet
      and there is still time for the Europeans to correct this obviously drug
      industry influenced act. Gratefully, the US does not have any similar
      nonsense nutritional laws on the horizon.

      The Guardian February 29, 2004
      http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magazine/story/0,11913,1157031,00.html
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