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Eu vitamin ban: the fight goes on
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The legal challenge against the Food Supplements Directive (FSD) goes on at the slow pace that is the preserve of the law

The legal challenge against the Food Supplements Directive (FSD) goes on at the slow pace that is the preserve of the law. The Alliance for Natural Health has this week filed its written observations with the European Court of Justice as part of its challenge to overturn the directive that will ban many natural food vitamin and mineral supplements throughout Europe.

This is the latest move in a process that began last January when the Alliance achieved a referral from the UK's High Court to the European courts.

If the Alliance fails, the FSD will be introduced next August 1, and will allow for sale only those products that contain nutrients included in a 'positive list'. The list favours synthetic vitamin and inorganic mineral ingredients - strangely, the type manufactured in bulk by the pharmaceutical industry - and omits 300 sources of vitamins and minerals, many of which are found in foods. As a consequence many natural foods will also disappear from the shelves.

The Alliance is representing the small manufacturers that are producing innovative products that will be banned under the FSD. It is arguing that the positive list is unlawful under EU law, and has no legal base. Article 95 of the European Treaty, for example, seeks to improve the internal market, and the FSD is contrary to that.

For more information, and to make a donation to support the Alliance's legal challenge, go to: http://www.alliance-natural-health


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