Remember the old joke, which is in many respects correct, that
'in Germany everything is forbidden unless it is (expressly) allowed
In Britain everything is allowed unless it is forbidden
In Italy everything is allowed even when it is forbidden
In Russia everything is forbidden even when it is allowed'
Well, one of the many unacceptable implications of our joining the EU that Ted Heath never pointed out before he signed the UK up was that we would slowly but surely be forced into living under a 'Brussels regime' which was pretty much committed to the German approach - the first line of the joke.
This has now happened in regard to health claims for anyone coming within the definition of a 'food business operator'. Basically what has happened is that the Brussels clique have nationalised all statements that suggest that a food or nutrient may have beneficial properties, regardless of the historical position, and there are now only 222 EU authorised health claims that producers of foods and food supplements may use in promoting the benefits of their products.
Go to http://healthclaimscensored.com/blog/blog-08292013/ to read a fuller explanation.
Under the guise of pretending it wants to stop consumers being misled, regardless of the fact that the consumer, if asked, would have said there wasn't a meaningful problem to be addressed in the first place - the usual Nanny knows best: Shut up and do as you're told - the European Food Safety Authority, not a court, will ban any product coming onto the market that has on it a statement that isn't on their incredibly restrictive 'permitted list'. And in practical terms supplements suppliers in particular don't stand a chance of getting old or new claims onto that list unless they can produce a randomized controlled trial (RCT) in support. As everyone in the natural healthcare industry knows, RCTs are very expensive to conduct, as well as being by their nature a totally inappropriate way for testing the validity of many natural healthcare products and processes. They have accordingly become the favoured "solution" which the pharmaceutical monopolists have lobbied to introduce into any regulatory mechanism knowing that the small traditional healthcare suppliers will thereby be squeezed out of the game.
Thus - as http://www4.dr-rath-foundation.org/Newsletter/archive/newsletter_20130906.html says -in its desperation to prevent European citizens from knowing the facts about nutritional therapies and foods, the Brussels EU has resorted to enacting the distinctive hallmark of all political dictatorships – a prohibition on freedom of speech.
Another good reason for UK consumers to vote with their feet when the opportunity arises!
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