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UK Government plans crackdown on herbal remedies

Monday 22
July 2002 @ 17:54
– GMT

Elton and Sir Paul McCartney are among celebrities opposing plans for legislation that would regulate the sale of herbal remedies in the UK.

The proposal, currently being considered by the Department of Health, is intended to bring England in line with standards across Europe, reported the BBC.

But critics say the plan would effectively ban any medicinal product that had not been on the market for 30 years, and would prevent the sale of such popular remedies as ginkgo biloba until they had been subjected to a lengthy, expensive testing process. If the health department decides to approve the law, it would then go to the European Council of Ministers for final approval.

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