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Tuesday 22nd June 2010 (Andrew Griffiths)

New European Legislation is threatening the Burton supplements and minerals industry. The EU Food Supplements Directive could decrease the maximum strength of vitamin levels in supplements that are currently safe in Britain. The proposed changes would threaten large numbers of health food stores and jobs across Burton and the wider country. Local MP, Andrew Griffiths, visited the Holland and Barratt distribution centre based in Burton to discuss with Group Legal Director, Roger Craddock, what needs to be done to safe-guard jobs.

Andrew said:

“Holland and Barrett is a major employer in the area and I am working to ensure that the industry is given a fair voice at the highest level. Unless we take action, this could dramatically affect employment in the town. I am calling for a more sensible interpretation of the legislation that is based on common sense and not European meddling.”

Andrew has written to the recently appointed Public Health Minister Anne Milton MP, and Lord Rooker, the Chair of the Food Standards Agency, to call for closer pursuit of the UK’s objectives with this legislation in Europe. Andrew is also increasing pressure at a political level with the European Commission in Brussels and other European companies in seeking to promote a more proportionate understanding of the legislation.

Andrew, though, went on to point out:

“This is not only an important issue from a business perspective but also as a matter of consumer choice. Thousands of people across the town have come to rely on supplements every day as part of their diet and health regime. We cannot let regulation stand in the way of consumers’ access to the safe and popular medical supplements that they really need.”

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