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Agency herbal advice 'has misled'.

MINISTERS and consumers have been misled by the Medicines Control Agency over plans to ban hundreds of herbal medicinal products, it is claimed.

Consumers for Health Choice say plans put forward by the MCA, and now contained in an EU Directive, are likely to lead to "draconian restrictions on consumers and the collapse of a major part of the natural health industry in the UK".

The group said the MCA, which licenses and regulates medicines and drugs in the UK, has seriously misled ministers over the impact of the changes on the industry.

It claims the MCA said only 55 manufacturers and retailers would be affected.

Consumers for Health Choice say that in fact more than 400 companies are involved in manufacture and more than 1,800 retailers would have their business affected.

It says the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive will ban any herbal medicinal product that has not been on the market for 30 years.
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