Take action to protect your dietary supplements! Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) has introduced the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2011 (S. 1310), which would impose needless new regulations on supplement makers.
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. Since, for example, there are no reported deaths from vitamins in 2009 while there were hundreds of deaths due to over the counter medications the mandate would appear to be rather draconian.
The intent of the bill is to halt the sale of food products that are masquerading as dietary supplements, and the Natural Products 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. Send your letter to your lawmakers today.