British herbal medicine retailers suffered a fresh blow yesterday when a European court upheld new rules restricting what they can sale.
The controversial new EU ruling on vitamin and mineral supplements was upheld yesterday by the European Court of Justice.
The Food Supplements Directive comes into force on 1 August.
Alternative medicine practitioners believe that the law, banning around 200 supplements from sale, will restrict consumer choice and threaten the existence of small suppliers. But the judges felt that supplements must be controlled in a similar way to conventional medicines, despite their Advocate General Leendert Geelhoed stating in April that the directive infringed legal guidelines.
The ruling states that certain restrictions are justified for the protection of public health, and believe the new measures are necessary. From August, only vitamins and minerals from an approved list will be on sale.
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