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Health food companies snub FSA warnings

23rd October 2001

Two leading health food companies - Holland & Barrett and Peter Black Healthcare (Red Kooga) - are continuing to sell irradiated food supplements, despite repeated warnings that the products are probably breaking the law.

In a report out today, the Food Commission reveals that irradiated and unlabelled ginseng, echinacea, wild yam and ginger root extracts were found on sale in July this year, despite warnings from the Food Standards Agency in February and follow-up reports in March and April this year. By September Holland & Barrett were selling many of the products in the range at a discount price.