European Food Supplements Directive Declared "Illegal" by Advocate General - Massive Victory for Common Sense

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An amazing victory for common sense and dietary freedom was secured yesterday when the Advocate General of the European Courts of Justice declared the proposed European Food Supplements Directive "Illegal". This opinion should secure the future of 75% of food supplements which were due to be made illegal on 1st August 2005.

In a move that has delighted the "freedom of choice" movement, the Advocate General of the European Courts of Justice, Mr Geelhoed announced yesterday (5th April 2005) that the proposed European Food Supplements Directive, due to come into force on 1st August, was "illegal".

Supporting the challenge brought by the Alliance for Natural Health and Nutri-Link Ltd, Advocate Geelhoed declared the directive did not meet "the requirements of legal protection, of legal certainty and of sound administration"

The directive would have dismissed as illegal over 75% of currently used food supplements, on the grounds that their manufacturers could not afford to submit support dossiers for their new intended classification as "drugs". Entirely natural substances such as Vitamins, Minerals and plant extracts would have been branded as illegal and withdrawn from sale, whilst synthetic counterparts (and therfore patentable, high revenue-producing products), although often more dangerous, would be left on the market.

As just two examples, the natural, effective for of Vitamin E would have been banned, whilst synthetic versions that have been linked to dangers would be allowed. Similarly, the synthetic form of the essential mineral selenium would be allowed, but its natural alternative, found in brazil nuts, would not.

No nutritional content in most foods.

Due to the rapidly declining vitamin and mineral content in most foods (see modern farming methods -, many people now rely ENTIRELY on food supplements for their daily requirements of vitamins and minerals, whilst the majority of the population suffers increasing levels of disease as a result of the chronic malnutrition caused by the consumption of foods utterly devoid of meaningful nutritional value.

Whilst this victory is a welcome one, the war is not yet over and Natural Health Information Centre urges EVERYONE to back this campaign to ensure we all have access to the nutrients we need now and for the future. The ruling on the directive will not be known until around June, but it would be very unusual to ignore the Advocate General's opinion.

We particularly urge the media to take up this fight and to support the right of ordinary citizens to supplement their meagre nutrution with natural, safe supplements instead of synthetic chemicals produced purely for profit by the pharmaceutical behemoths.

Further information can be obtained from Natural Health Information Centre ( and The Alliance for Natural Health (


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