Following a petition against European Directives on Traditional Herbal Remedies and Food Supplements which Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, received from a Hitchin health food shop the Opposition are leading a debate on the issue in Parliament on Monday 20th January.
Peter Lilley said:
“I received a petition with 800 signatures against the European Directives on Traditional Herbal Remedies and Food Supplements presented to me by the Hitchin health food shop, Holland and Barrett. I conveyed the petition to the Health Secretary, Alan Milburn as did many other MPs. The new directives will lead to the loss of many existing popular herbal remedies and will undermine consumer protection as products continue to be available from overseas by mail-order with no quality or hygiene controls from unlicensed and unregulated herbal practitioners.
“Sadly the Health Secretary has failed to renegotiate the main provisions of the Herbal Medicines Directive so that it does not put out of business specialist manufacturers and retailers, or deny consumers access to herbal remedies of their choice. So I am delighted that Conservatives have forced a debate on this issue to make the Minister take it seriously.?