HC Deb 19 November 2003 vol 413 c1105W
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outcome was of his discussions with the representative of Consumers for Health Choice on Tuesday 7 October. [138204]

Miss Melanie Johnson

On Tuesday 7 October, I met with representatives of Consumers for Health Choice, the Health Food Manufacturers' Association, the Proprietary Association of Great Britain and the National Association of Health Stores to hear these groups' concerns about the implications of the Food Supplements Directive.

I restated the Government's commitment to pressing for European Union maximum permitted limits of vitamins and minerals in food supplements to be set on a safety basis and to this end, using its influence in both scientific and political forums. I will raise this issue with Ministers in other member states as and when appropriate. I am also seeking to arrange a meeting with Commissioner David Byrne at the earliest practical opportunity.

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