GREEN Party Euro-MP Caroline Lucas has called on the EU to protect UK consumers’ right to take food supplements in setting maximum dosage levels for vitamins and other natural remedies.
Dr Lucas, Green Party Principal Speaker and MEP for South-East England, said: “A large number of people in the UK rely on food supplements and vitamins to treat and prevent ill-health – and their right to do so is under threat from an EU directive designed, without irony, to protect them from toxic side-effects of high levels of vitamins and minerals.
“For the sake of the good health of my constituents – including an ME sufferer who relies on vitamins and minerals to keep himself healthy and a woman who depends on food supplements to manage her son’s Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – I urge the Commission to set high permitted dosage levels, and to concentrate on tackling toxic pollution, pesticide use and road safety instead if it really hopes to make a difference to citizens’ health.”
Dr Lucas, who is also a vice president of the European Parliament’s cross-party group on health and consumer protection, made her comments in a letter to the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Markos Kyprianou.
She added: “I do not believe that consumers need protecting from food supplements – rather, I urge you to protect their right to keep taking them should they wish to do so.”