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Food Supplements

Volume 407: debated on Friday 20 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will re-examine those areas in which the findings of the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals are inconsistent with those of other internationally respected bodies. [119832]

£000
Net ingredient cost19981999200020012002
BNF 3.2.1 (Antihistamines)40,062.246,987.351,421.256,675.660,720.1
BNF 12.21 (Drugs used in nasal allergy)33,286.334,533.033,889.235,217.137,046.8
Total73,348.681,520.385,310.491,892.797.766.9

In arriving at its conclusions, the expert group on vitamins and minerals took into account evidence available on a United Kingdom and international basis. The evidence base on issues relating to vitamin and mineral supplements will be monitored closely as it develops further. Independent expert advice will be sought on specific issues where this is appropriate.