“Anti Vitamins” Bill

If your a New Zealander and have any interest in supplements/vitamins then please check this out.

The NZ government is trying introduce regulations that will require supplements to go through an expensive approval process and result in:

  • Prices for New Zealand Vitamins and Supplements will increase between 30% and 100%
  • Approximately 60% of your favourite New Zealand product range will be forced from the market due to the new regulatory costs
  • Effective doses will be reduced, meaning many supplements will simply become ineffective. It will eventually be illegal to sell any supplement above the RDI (recommended daily intake).

Plus, this seems a little too convenient in the way it purports the whole bill to be about consumer safety, and ignores that even in comparison to highly regulated pharmaceutical drugs they are ridiculously safe.

Guess I’ll have to go somewhere else to be a transhumanist (they’ve already restricted Modafinil 🙁 ).

Leave my freedoms alone damn you government!

(Thanks tatjna for bring it to my attention)


#1   Rob on 04.26.07 at 10:19 am

I’m currently imaging a superhero, called “Antivitamins Bill”.

He would have the deadly power of nutritional restriction.

#2   Joel on 04.26.07 at 2:14 pm

Haha, I think he’d have to be a supervillain.

Although, I guess it depends on whether he uses his powers for GOOD or EVIL…

#3   Ben on 04.26.07 at 5:43 pm

Is this really that bad?

Isn’t the issue not safety in terms of side effects (ie pharma drugs may be nasty strong chemicals but at least in most cases the potential issues are known) but one of consistency and consumers getting what they pay for.

I can’t remember specific examples off hand but I’m sure I’ve read about supplements etc making claims that are unsupported and or not actually having in them what they say they contain.

Assuming this is the case, surely trying to remove such issues is a good thing.

The questions is whether this measure causes more costs than it does benefits

#4   Joel on 04.26.07 at 5:50 pm

I guess it’d be nice if supplement claims were backed up, but then they’d have to go through all the regulations passing the cost to the consumer. I take everything on supplement labels with a grain of salt and do my own research into their effects, as long as they contain what they claim I’m happy. I don’t want to be nannied by the state. And if they want to be consistent they should enforce regulations on the cosmetics industry which is full of pseudo science that they use to market their products.

Plus are a raft of supplements that will probably be removed from market. Most notably 5-htp which is the precursor to serotonin. It helps people sleep, elevates mood, and has other positive effects (plus it is a great mediator of feeling down after a particularly ‘happy’ night).

#5   Andrew Brown on 04.30.07 at 7:52 pm

I love how cheap they are here in the US. 60 days of a general male multivitamin? $6 from anywhere.

But I agree. They should just have truthful non-misleading information (all claims should either be scientifically backed or labeled as not) and just let the public roam free.

Stupid NZ government. You can still buy ephedrine over here..

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