Supplements are At Risk: Please Help

Food Supply & Food Politics

Dec 07

In July the FDA proposed a new “Guidance” initiative that would require all dietary ingredients introduced into the marketplace since 1994 to undergo drug-like safety testing prior to marketing. The tests could cost millions of dollars for each new ingredient.These requirements would not make supplements any safer than they are today and would require supplement makers to pay out more than their profits in order to conduct the tests.The consequences are dire for the industry and the economy.

This bill would effectively pull thousands of supplements off the shelves because it would be too expensive to conduct these tests.

It’s just another witch hunt. Just like the attacks on raw milk farmers, food co-ops and buying clubs. They take something that is inherently safe and affordable and make it into something that requires massive amounts of money to manufacture.

No one has died from taking supplements. Compare that to the hundreds of thousands of patient deaths each year from medications while they are supervised in hospitals! In the years since 1994 (the defining date after which supplements would have to be tested) industry standards have gotten much stricter with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certifications.

The National Health Federation (NHF) ( , through its lobbyist Lee Bechtel in Washington, D.C., has come up with a solution to the FDA Guidance plan.  This bill was introduced in November 2011 in the House of Representatives by industry-friend Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN). It is called the Dietary Supplement Protection Act (DSPA), number H.R.3380.

The DSPA moves the defining date of October 15, 1994, to a more recent date in early 2007. Thus, it will encompass all of the “new” dietary-supplement ingredients that have appeared in that 13-year interval that would otherwise be subject to the excessive requirements of the FDA Guidance plan.

Every few years the FDA suddenly wants to “supervise” and control supplements. It’s all coming from the pharmaceutical industry because they lose money when people buy supplements instead of drugs.

Please help defeat this ridiculous attempt to control your right to advocate for your own health. I know I ask you to sign petitions a lot but they really do help. Please sign this petition in favor of H.R. 3380 the Dietary Supplement Protection Act (DSPA).

While many of you prefer to get your nutrients from food — and I do agree with that — there are times when supplements really are needed.

Here is the link to the petition.

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