Saturday, November 30, 2002

Euro MPs back herbal crackdown

The European Parliament has backed proposals to impose strict rules on herbal remedies.

The proposed European Union directive will require all herbal medicines to be registered.

Packs will have to include a full list of ingredients and will have to prove they are not a threat to public health.

The proposals will have to be backed by EU health ministers before they become law.
MEPs said the measures will ensure the quality and safety of herbal medicines.

However, there are fears that the directive will restrict the number and type of herbal medicines available to the public.

Manufacturers have also warned that it threatens jobs and could put some companies out of business.

Source BBC News


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