Guernsey food laws consultation extended

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A consultation on new laws for the sale of vitamins and other supplements in Guernsey has been extended.

The States voted, in 2011, to adopt tighter EU controls which would restrict health claims, despite a petition signed by 2,000 islanders.

The laws have been designed to regulate vitamin and mineral content, to protect consumers from overdosing.

The consultation has been extended until 25 January to give interested parties more time to respond.

In the new laws, terms such as "probiotics" and "immune defence" would no longer be allowed in food supplement advertising.

Before the ordinances are laid before States members for final approval, the Health and Social Services Department said it wanted to make sure all affected parties had been consulted.

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