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New ANH Study Says EU Vitamin Laws Must Change Track

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A study just published in a leading peer reviewed journal explains how the European Commission’s proposed approach to limiting maximum doses of vitamins and minerals in food supplements across Europe is not scientifically rational.

The study’s author Robert Verkerk PhD, executive and scientific director of international campaign organisation, the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), " When you dig into the complexity of risk and benefit relationships for nutrients as I have in this study, proceeding with the kind of approaches the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority and industry have been discussing over the last six or so years makes absolutely no scientific sense. The only rational way forward involves moving from the risk-only approach that has been considered up until now, to a risk-benefit approach. This means changing tracks." 

The study has been published in the journal, Toxicology, the official journal of the British Toxicology Society and the German Toxicology Society. It is published in the same journal just two months after an in-depth review of the scientific methods being considered by European authorities, co-authored by Dr Verkerk, along with Dr Steve Hickey of Staffordshire University, UK.

This latest study shows that the risk-based approaches under consideration by European authorities, if turned into law as proposed, will deny the majority of people from consuming beneficial quantities of vitamins and minerals.

Dr Verkerk explains, " The problem is that the risks and benefits for most nutrients actually overlap. If you exclude all risks in the majority through statutory limitation as planned under the second phase of the EU Food Supplements Directive, you literally prevent people from accessing products containing levels that are good for them. You might stave off deficiency diseases, but you would also prevent many people from managing their health naturally. If we applied the same approach to wheat, dairy or peanuts, governments would have to ban these foods."