Are your medicines and multivitamins made in the UK?

Are your multivitamins, supplements, other medicines and prescription medicines made in the UK?  You might want to check and if not seek medicines from an alternative producer.

I’m told that for medicines making statements like ‘country of origin’ is not possible under European Medicines and Medical Devices Legislation! Is that true I wonder? However, you can ask where these products are made and tell manufacturers that you want British made medicines.

I would much rather my medicines and other pharmaceutical products were made in the UK than aboard, particularly because of a lack of control of manufacturing standards and hygiene standards abroad.

Some pharmaceutical companies have moved their production or some of their production abroad.

The same goes with multivitamins, herbal remedies and supplements.

For example Waitrose multivitamins are produced in the UK, whereas I think Boots multivitamins are made aboard. Tesco Everyday Value multivitamins are made in the UK, as are their diphenhydramine hydrochloride sleep aid tablets and Tesco own brand women’s health and men’s health multivitamins. To buy British check the labels when you do your grocery shop – many food and some some non-food products in the UK’s supermarkets are made in Britain.

Waitrose Love Life Health and Vitality A-Z multivitamins and minerals. Made in the UK. Photograph by author.

Waitrose Love Life Health and Vitality A-Z multivitamins and minerals. Made in the UK. Photograph by author.

Tesco Everyday Value Multivitamins. Produced in the UK.

Tesco Everyday Value Multivitamins. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author.

Tesco Everyday Value Multivitamins. Produced in the UK. Rear label view.

Tesco Everyday Value Multivitamins. Produced in the UK. Rear label view. Photograph by author.

Tesco diphenhydramine hydrochloride sleep aid tablets. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author.

Tesco diphenhydramine hydrochloride sleep aid tablets. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author.

Tesco diphenhydramine hydrochloride sleep aid tablets. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Tesco diphenhydramine hydrochloride sleep aid tablets. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Tesco women’s health multivitamins + minerals. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author 26 March 2017.

Tesco men’s health multivitamins + minerals, on display in Tesco Flitwick. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author 26 March 2017.

Bassetts multi vitamins are made in the UK. They are made by a company called Ernest Jackson Ltd. Whether all their products are made in the UK I am not sure, but those products I have seen are clearly labelled “Made with care in the UK” – https://www.bassettsvitamins.co.uk

Bassetts multi vitamins. Made with care in the UK – on display in Waitrose in Ampthill 11 March 2017. Photograph by author.

Wellman original multi-vitamins are made in Britain, as are Wellman and Wellwoman drinks and the packaging is clearly labelled “Made in Britain”. These are all made by Vitabiotics Ltd. Whether all products for the UK market by Vitabiotics are made in the UK I am not sure. No country of information information is given on their website and it says on their website that they have a factory somewhere in Asia – https://www.vitabiotics.com

Wellman Original multi-vitamins. Made in Britain. Photograph by author.

Vitabiotics Wellman and Wellwoman sports drinks on display in Waitrose Amptill 11 March 2017. Made in Britain. Photograph by author.

Have a look at http://www.naturesbest.co.uk/uk-made-aukmade/ where they explain some of the sharp practices carried out by some suppliers of supplements. Most Natures Best products are made in the UK, although some I know are made aboard (for example their Acidophilus Extra is made in Denmark and packed in the UK).

Nature’s Best A-Z Multivitamins and Minerals. Made in the UK.

Nature’s Best A-Z Multivitamins and Minerals. Made in the UK.

Natures Aid nutritional supplements, founded in 1981, say on their website “Natures Aid has become the one of the UK’s favourite brand of vitamins, supplements and herbal products, which are manufactured in our own purpose built factory in the UK” and “At Natures Aid we manufacture all our products at our purpose built 43,000 ft state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Preston, Lancashire, UK.” They have a very wide range of products available – https://www.naturesaid.co.uk

G&G own brand vitamins, minerals, herbs and probiotics (encapsulated and powdered supplements) are manufactured in England. As well as supplying the G&G brand of food supplements, G&G also contract manufacture ‘own label’ products for others. Unfortunately, country of origin information is not given against individual products on their website or on the actual packaging. Having emailed the company, their reply today (1/5/15), was that “All of our G&G Branded products are manufactured here in the UK. There are some others products that are not manufactured by ourselves, such as Natren, that we get from elsewhere”. So, essentially, G&G branded products are made in England and their other products are foreign made.

http://www.gandgvitamins.com

http://www.vitaminmanufacture.co.uk – for G&G contract manufacturing information

https://gandgvitamins.wordpress.com – G&G blog

Holland & Barrett fail to give any information about country of origin on their website, so I assume most, if not all, of their products are foreign made.

Lamberts Healthcare dietary supplements. According to their website “All Lamberts products are manufactured in the UK to stringent pharmaceutical standards”. Strangely they do not give country of origin on their labels. Vitamins, minerals, herbs, multiple formulas, fish oil, glucosamine, etc – http://www.lambertshealthcare.co.uk

Lamberts Strawberry Whey Protein. Manufactured in the UK.

Lamberts Strawberry Whey Protein. Manufactured in the UK.

For cough sweets try Fisherman’s Friends, made in Fleetwood, Lancashire, England – http://www.fishermansfriend.com

Lofthouse's Fisherman's Friend 45g. Made in England.

Lofthouse’s Fisherman’s Friend 45g. Made in England.

Cabbages and Roses bicarbonate of soda is produced and packed in England – http://www.cabbagesandroses.com/1kg-bicarbonate-of-soda

Cabbages and Roses Bicarbonate of Soda. Produced and packed in England

Cabbages and Roses Bicarbonate of Soda. 1kg. Produced and packed in England.

Sainsbury’s own brand bicarbonate of soda is packed in England it says on the label, but (unusually for Sainsbury’s) it does not say where it was produced – http://www.sainsburys.co.uk

Sainsbury's Bicarbonate of Soda. Packed in the UK (no indication of where it is produced)

Sainsbury’s Bicarbonate of Soda. Packed in the UK (no indication of where it is produced). Photograph by author.

Sainsbury's Bicarbonate of Soda. Packed in the UK (no indication of where it is produced). Label detail view.

Sainsbury’s Bicarbonate of Soda. Packed in the UK (no indication of where it is produced). Label detail view. Photograph by author.

Are there any other companies that make or sell British made bicarbonate of soda I wonder?

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