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Colloidal Silver - Illegal in the EU

We are often asked if we sell Colloidal Silver, and if not, why not!

Many customers are surprised to learn that Colloidal Silver (and other nutrients) became illegal for internal use in the EU as of the 1st January 2010.  As a company that's compliant with EU and UK legislation, we removed the product from our range at that time.

Some companies continue to sell Colloidal Silver either because they are unaware of legislation, or are choosing to wait for enforcement from their local trading standards office.  Some are simply presenting for external use only. 

As we stand several years after the time of writing; there has been little to no enforcement of this legislation.  However we still opt not to sell; the associated costs and risk should MHRA and Trading Standards enforce is very high. This has cost the company considerable revenue, on an excellent supplement, and is not a decision we take lightly.


There are a couple of lovely natural alternatives that we do have available, both Olive Leaf Extract and Propolis are extremely effective when it comes to the immune system. 

And do have a look around and see what we're all about! As the UK's 100% natural and additive free health supplements own brand, we have a lot to offer in terms of improving your health.  Here's our Home Page.

The Status of Colloidal Silver in the UK - ANH Statement

Here's the statement that the Alliance for Natural Health (key campaign group) prepared for those who enquire direct to them regarding Colloidal Silver.

"It is unfortunately true that colloidal silver has become illegal to market in Europe from the 1st January 2010.  This is because the Food Supplements Directive (2002/46/EC) (FSD), which came into force in 2005, had a 4 year derogation phase built into it, where forms of vitamins and minerals not on the Positive List of approved forms would be allowed to be sold until 31st December 2009.  Silver is one of the forms of minerals that has been unsuccessful so far in gaining a positive approval to be allowed for legal sale and this means that all silver products should have been removed from the shelves at the beginning of this year.

Whilst we have been trying very hard to alert companies and consumers to the loss of many supplement products in 2010, we understand that there are many people who still are not aware of what is happening.  This political technique, called ‘gradualism’, is effective in lulling people into a false sense of security because the widespread bans predicted when the FSD came into force didn’t happen immediately.  However, they are happening this year and there are now only 181 approved forms of vitamins and minerals for sale in Europe.  All others are technically illegal. 

It isn’t just silver that will be going off the shelves, there are many others too.   The good news is that the Positive List remains open and so companies / manufacturers are able to make another application for silver to be added.  The other side of the coin, however, is that there are moves too in other parts of the world, not just in Europe, to make it difficult to sell silver as a food supplement because it directly competes with the antibiotic market.  Although, the official line is that there is insufficient data regarding safety and this is a consumer protection issue!”

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