Guernsey set to introduce European supplements standards02 July 2012
Guernsey will reportedly bow to pressure from the UK and implement Europe-wide standards on its £100 million mail-order nutritional supplements industry.
The Guardian has reported that States of Guernsey is proceeding with a move to bring the island in-line with the UK and the rest of Europe “at the earliest convenience”. The State also said that it was working with neighbouring Jersey to simultaneously introduce legislation and thus reduce the risk of business migration between the islands.
Hunter Adam, Guernsey’s health minister ordered officials to draw up legislation more than a year ago after pressure from the UK to regulate food supplements, nutritional information and health claims. The UK’s Department of Health first raised concerns in 2007 that Guernsey-based companies were targeting British consumers by attaching unsubstantiated health claims to products sold in catalogues.
Moves to regulate the island’s nutritional supplements industry have previously been met with local resistance. Last year, 2,000 islanders – nearly 5% of the adult population – supported a petition submitted to Adam against the plans to introduce European standards.
"The drafting of this legislation remains a high priority; however, there are a number of technical matters that need to be addressed before the legislation can be brought before the island's parliament,” said a Guernsey state spokesperson in statement.
"While some members of the community and certain sections of the industry opposed the law, there was not significant commercial resistance; rather, there was an expectation that the legislation would be introduced and recognition, certainly among the larger players, that if industry wanted to continue to sell their products in the UK and EU, they would need to ensure they complied with the regulations."
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