See also: http://blog.beliefnet.com/watchwomanonthewall/?p=4371 - FDA unleashes end game scheme to outlaw virtually all dietary supplements
July 19, 2011
At the end of June, just before the sleepy holiday weekend news cycle, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced S. 1310, the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2011. The bill responds to recent marketing tactics by unscrupulous food companies intended to circumvent Food and Drug Administration standards by imposing unnecessary and burdensome regulations on makers of dietary supplements. Read more here.
Supplements are not drugs, and therefore, deserve their own system of regulation - and that’s the point. Such a system already exists thanks to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), and it has done a more than adequate job protecting consumers largely due to supplement companies’ compliance with, and support of, that system.
Put simply: At best, S. 1310 is a bad bill, albeit with good intentions. At worst, it uses parents’ fear about what their children are consuming as an excuse to take another crack at imposing unnecessary regulations on the dietary supplement industry, which has demonstrated time and again its ability to ensure the safety of its products.
Thank you, as always, for your participation,
The Citizens for Health Team