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Urgent: Supplement Legislation
Aug 26

Urgent: Supplement Legislation

Please help in opposing yet another attempt in Congress to over-regulate the dietary supplement industry.  The more regulation, the more your products will end up costing you.

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) has introduced the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2011 (S. 1310), which we believe would impose needless new regulations on supplement makers in an attempt to address the issue of manufacturers who mislabel their food and drink products as dietary supplements.

Among other provisions, the bill would direct the Department of Health and Human Services (presumably the Food and Drug Administration) to create a list of ingredients and proprietary blends of ingredients that “could cause potentially serious adverse events.” This overly broad language (no definition is offered of “could cause,” for example) takes the regulation of supplements well beyond the current, effective rules.

The bill also would direct the FDA to impose mandatory warning labels on ingredients the government decides are potentially harmful. There are no protections in the bill from the inevitable lawsuits that would follow.

NPA recognizes the intent of the bill is to halt the sale of food products that are masquerading as dietary supplements, and the association has repeatedly called on the FDA to use its existing authority to act against such rule breakers. Imposing additional regulations on the legitimate dietary supplement industry is neither an appropriate nor effective way to achieve this goal.

Please join us in urging Congress to oppose S.1310. Click here to send your letter to your lawmakers.

THE LINK TO SENATOR HATCH IS: http://hatch.senate.gov/public/ click on email tab and fill out form or call this phone number 801-524-4380

THE LINK TO SENATOR LEE IS: http://lee.senate.gov/public/ click on email tab and fill out form or call this phone number 801-524-5933

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