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EC to stop UK citizens taking extra strong multi-vitamin pills

February 15th, 1993

Statement: The European Commission intends to abuse the rights of UK citizens having their daily extra strong multi-vitamin pills by introducing legislation regulating food supplements.

Response: Currently there are no proposals in this field and the Commission does not intend to make a proposal in the near future.

Background Information: In 1988/89 the Commission made a declaration to the Council in which it outlined how food supplements were becoming more and more popular and how Member States were introducing legislation respectively in this area. As a result of this the Member States have asked for a proposal. The resultant document* does not take any one definitive line. It attempts to shed some light on the problems involved and is solely a discussion paper for all interest groups -commercial, Governmental, pressure – to read and comment on in all EC Member States. It is already apparent that some feel threatened by the text, especially some in Britain. On account of this the Commission has not made any proposals further to the discussion paper.

* COM/111/3376/91

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