Guernsey

Move to regulate food supplements in Guernsey

Food supplements, their nutritional information and health claims will be regulated in law if the States of Guernsey agrees.

The Health Department said the move was to safeguard consumers, ensure island companies met European Union standards and protect the island's reputation.

It said the current laws did not include regulation of these areas.

The department said an "overwhelming majority" of companies already complied with these standards.

Current legislation means there are no checks or restrictions to the claims that can be made in respect of nutritional and health.

Any medicinal claims are regulated by the laws covering medicine.

The department said the new legislation would require additional training for food enforcement staff but that this cost - £7,000 in the first year and £5,000 per annum thereafter - could be met from the existing budget.

It suggested that due to the possible negative impact on the island's reputation, if anyone should suffer ill effects from the unregulated supplements, the legislation should be drafted with high priority.

The proposals are due to go before the States in May.

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