Health Stores Ireland has today reiterated its call on the Government to halt plans to impose VAT on food supplements
The calls come after a Donegal GP has said vitamin D test results coming from Letterkenny University Lab have been so low scientists first thought the machines were not calibrated properly.
VAT at 23 per cent was due to come in from March but that has been deferred to November to allow the Minister for Finance to examine options.
A public consultation in Ireland over April and May received 121 submissions, most of them calling for the retention of the zero rate.
Speaking today Matt Ronan of Health Stores Ireland said: “The report from Donegal reinforces the need for many people to take food supplements to help with health concerns and prevent illness.
“Imposing VAT on food supplements, such as vitamin D, would mean food supplements will become more expensive to consumers and may compromise their health as a result.
“We would like 0% VAT maintained on all health food supplements so that they are affordable to all. Many people take a range of supplements to help maintain their health and vitamin D is particularly important in the fight against osteoporosis.
“The reports today highlight how important food supplements are for many looking to maintain their health.”