A HEALTH shop owner wants residents to lobby their MEPs to vote against a EU directive which would see thousands of supplements wiped from the shelves.
Richard Thomas, owner of Tarporley Health Store, has been promoting the Save Our Supplements campaign in his village shop.
The threat comes in the form of the EU Food Supplements Directive, which will mean millions of consumers across England and Wales will no longer be able to buy higher dose food supplements.
The directive wants to bring the maximum dose levels in England and Wales in line with those in the EU.
Mr Thomas says the move would see many small independent retailers like his forced to close down.
He said: “The maximum levels we have at the moment were set just after World War Two, and many customers have been using these supplements since then with no problems.
“Those who take them at the moment would probably have to take five or more of the lower dose capsules to get the same dose. Not only would it be very expensive, they just would not want to do it.
“What we would ask is that people lobby their MEP’s to get them to vote against this directive.”
Eddisbury MP Stephen O’Brien visited Tarporley Health Store, along with Wendy Jane Atkinson from the National Association of Health Stores and Deborah Nobes, a nutritional advisor, to speak to Mr Thomas and show his support for the Save our Supplement campaign.
He said: “People living in Tarporley, Eddisbury and across Cheshire have been safely taking their supplements and vitamins on a daily basis for many years and wish to be able to continue doing so.”