Have you heard that the disease rickets is on the rise and effecting children in the UK?
1 in 5 children affected
According to one report 1 in 5 children might be suffering from the bone deforming disease, and it’s all because of a lack of Vitamin D.
Professor Nicholas Clarke, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, has said that vitamin D supplements should be more widely adopted to halt the rise in cases. Vitamin D is not easy to gain from food so change is either achieved by taking vitamin supplements or spending more time outside.
Restrictive EU laws
However, in 2011, the EU is threatening to remove high potency vitamin supplements from UK shops, limiting people’s access to the benefits of high dose vitamins and minerals like High Potency Calcium with Vitamin D – even if it has been safe in the past.
In effect, the EU is saying that it no longer wants UK customers to be able to choose what strength of vitamin they take. The ruling may also reduce access to popular herbal products like manuka honey or sleeping aids.
Across the UK there is a big campaign on to stop the EU ruling. Notable medical personalities like Dr John Briffa and Patrick Holford have expressed concern about the effect on British nutrition and the campaign has received a lot of celebrity support.
The outcry is not surprising considering about 1/3 of women and 1/4 of men in the UK use supplements. But we have to make the EU commissioners listen. The organisers of the campaign (Consumers for Health Choice) are urging everyone to write to EU Commissioner John Dalli to make our voice heard. The UK government is very supportive of the campaign ‘Save our Supplements’, but this is an area for EU legislation.
You can email John Dalli at email@example.com or send a letter to him at the address below. A sample letter is included here for your convenience.
Commissioner John Dalli
Health & Consumer Protection Directorate
DG Health & Consumer Protection
Dear Commissioner Dalli,
THE FOOD SUPPLEMENTS DIRECTIVE
Setting Maximum Levels for Vitamins & Minerals
I understand that your officials are currently involved in the setting of maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements. As I use such products to help achieve and maintain good health, this matter gives me great concern.
I have heard that under pressure from some lobbying organisations your officials have indicated that they intend to bring forward very restrictive proposed maximum levels. These would risk the banning of hundreds of safe and popular higher potency supplements used by consumers across many Member States. Such an outcome would be completely unacceptable to consumers who deserve the right to look after their own health and make their own informed decisions about what levels of nutrient they take.
Indeed, I am convinced that if restrictive levels were set, then tens of millions of consumers who currently take higher potency supplements would simply purchase them online and from mail-order suppliers outside the European Union. This would reduce, not enhance consumer protection.
Whilst I appreciate that this measure was first brought forward to remove barriers to trade between European Member States it is now clear, with the benefit of hindsight, that it was an inappropriate measure. The risk of disproportionate impact upon consumer choice and upon specialist retailers and manufacturers is real.
I am therefore, asking that you personally look into this matter to make sure that proposals to introduce restrictive maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals are not taken forward.
I look forward to your response.