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NUTRITION AND THE HEALTH CLAIMS REGULATION

That this House notes that the UK natural health products industry currently faces a grave threat both to its businesses and consumer choices from the unforeseen impact of implementation of the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation, which governs the application of nutrition and health claims of all food products; further notes that despite the initial expectations of the Food Standards Agency over 95 per cent. of claims based on generally accepted scientific evidence are likely to receive negative opinions; expresses disappointment that the European Food Safety Authority has insisted on using an inappropriate pharmaceutical model to assess such health claims as fair despite the stated aims of the legislation; further notes its disappointment that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were not provided with any guidance as on how to submit such claims and consequently were unable to comply with unforeseen criteria; expresses concern about the serial adoption of these claims, causing commercial disadvantage to those manufacturers whose claims happen to be in the early batches; further notes the disproportionate and unforeseen effect on SMEs and the restrictions put on consumer information by this legislation; and calls on the Government to take action to defend the interests of British businesses and consumers.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Brady, Graham Conservative Party Altrincham and Sale West 24.06.2010
Campbell, Gregory Democratic Unionist Party Londonderry East 29.06.2010
Cooper, Rosie Labour Party West Lancashire 24.06.2010
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 29.06.2010
Davies, Philip Conservative Party Shipley 24.06.2010
Dodds, Nigel Democratic Unionist Party Belfast North 30.06.2010
Gray, James Conservative Party North Wiltshire 28.06.2010
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 24.06.2010
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 28.06.2010
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 05.07.2010
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 29.06.2010
Marsden, Gordon Labour Party Blackpool South 29.06.2010
McCrea, Dr William Democratic Unionist Party South Antrim 30.06.2010
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 29.06.2010
Rogerson, Dan Liberal Democrats North Cornwall 24.06.2010
Simpson, David Democratic Unionist Party Upper Bann 30.06.2010
Stephenson, Andrew Conservative Party Pendle 29.06.2010
Stringer, Graham Labour Party Blackley and Broughton 06.07.2010
Walter, Robert Conservative Party North Dorset 24.06.2010