Wednesday, March 31, 1999

Herbal medicine fights for its future

Herbal practitioners and consumer groups have warned the government that heavy handed regulation of the industry poses a serious threat to jobs.

The warning comes as Lords Health Minister Baroness Hayman pledged to tighten controls to ensure only quality products were available to the public.

Industry representatives said European Commission proposals to licence all herbal remedies would drive hundreds of products off the shelves, and threaten the livelihood of many businesses.

At present, some herbal remedies which contain only natural ingredients are unlicensed and do not have to comply with any safety or quality standards.

Source - BBC News

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