Guernsey

Thousands oppose Guernsey health supplement reforms

Two thousand people have signed a petition opposing stricter controls on health supplements sold in Guernsey.

The petition was handed to Deputy Hunter Adam, the Health and Social Services minister earlier.

If the legislation is passed, food supplements, their nutritional information and health claims will be regulated in law.

But opponents say islanders should have the right to choose the remedies they take.

The Health Department has previously said the proposed change in regulations is to safeguard consumers, ensure island companies met European Union standards, and protect the island's reputation.

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

Any medicinal claims are regulated by the laws covering medicine.

The proposals are due to go before the States later this month.

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