MP Andrew George backs Penzance shop in row over vitamins
ONE of Penzance's premier health food shops welcomed St Ives MP Andrew George to the store last week when he added his support to the campaign to limit the effect of EU legislation on vitamin supplements.
Archie Browns Health Food Shop and Café in Bread Street is behind the Save Our Supplements (SOS) campaign which aims to prevent hundreds of popular vitamins, minerals and herbal products from being wiped from the shelves of UK stores by new European legislation.
Mr George says he has long promoted the case for informed consumer choice rather than heavy regulation where vitamins and food supplements are concerned.
Claire Humphreys, from Archie Browns, said: "The EU proposals are unclear.
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"However our understanding is that they wish to prevent the sale of any supplements or vitamins over the recommended daily amount (RDA). The EU also wants to limit what can be sold over the counter.
"When you consider that the RDA for Vitamin C is 80mg but our best-selling vitamin C capsule contains 1,000mg, or 1,250 per cent of the RDA, you can see this would have a huge impact, not only on our customers who wish to make their own informed decisions on health matters but also on the business itself.
"We are a thriving business with about 50 people employed at our two stores and cafés in Penzance and Truro.
"But a lot of our business is about supplying vitamins and supplements and we would certainly have to restructure our business if the legislation came into effect."