Colloidal Silver and The Law
If you put the search term ‘colloidal silver‘ into Google or eBay, you will find lots of retailers making claims of medical efficacy about an unlicensed product. This is illegal and for that reason I have reported some of them to the MHRA.
I’m convinced there are other laws being broken too and because I’m not sure of the details, I have also emailed the MHRA’s enforcement group and contacted the Food Standards Agency.
Here is what I said to email@example.com:
I recently heard of colloidal silver when an acquaintance bought a bottle from a local Health Food shop with the understanding that it could prevent infection when squirted into the throat. I have since come across it on several Alternative Health websites. As it is not a licensed medicine, I understand that it is an offence to sell it and claim medical efficacy. I am also not clear on the legality of selling the product at all – as a food supplement or herbal medicine (I do not believe it is regulated as either but I am not sure about this). I am concerned about people being misled with regard to supposed medical efficacy and safety of colloidal silver products – since they have not been trialled or regulated.
I seek clarification as to the legality of manufacturing colloidal silver and selling it (even if no medicinal claims or implications are made). I have also contacted the Food Standards Agency. I believe if a complaint was made about PayPal then it could make it very difficult for retailers to trade in the product, but since I do not know the details of the laws in question, I do not feel I am yet in a position to make such a complaint.
Any advice would be much appreciated
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