(NaturalHealth365) He’s done it again. After an embarrassing vote against his 2011 “Dietary Supplement Labeling Act” (S.1310), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has announced that he will be resubmitting his infamous “Supplement Bill” once again. His perseverance is impressive, but his bill is dastardly.
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, “[S.1310] threatens the supplement industry by granting FDA more power to regulate supplements as if they were drugs, potentially putting supplement companies out of business.” Mercola, NaturalHealth365.com and other natural health advocates are uniting Green organizations and supporters to sign a similar petition that previously helped shut down Durbin’s attempt in 2011.
The natural health community unites!
According to Mercola, “Because the natural health community so quickly and effectively sprung into action, Durbin’s  amendment failed.”
Mercola was referring to the petition started by the Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA). The ANH-USA is part of an international organization dedicated to promoting sustainable health and freedom of choice in healthcare through good science and good law. According to the ANH-USA,
It’s time to take the offense on the supplement issue in Congress. We have been in a defensive posture for too long. What’s needed now is a major campaign to educate our senators and congressional representatives that supplements are very different from drugs, and should not be treated the same way.
The truth about the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act
In essence, S.1310 puts tighter regulation on supplements than is in place for drugs. The bill outlines the following:
• Establish mandatory warning label requirements for dietary supplement ingredients that the Secretary determines to cause potentially serious adverse events, drug interactions, contraindications, or potential risks to subgroups.
• Identify proprietary blends of ingredients for which, because of potentially serious adverse events, drug interactions, contraindications, or potential risks to subgroups such as children and pregnant or breastfeeding women, the weight per serving of the ingredient in the proprietary blend shall be provided on the label.
• The Secretary shall seek to enter into a contract with the Institute of Medicine under which the Institute of Medicine shall evaluate dietary supplement ingredients and proprietary blends of ingredients.
Be on guard, GMO labeling supporters
The primary cosponsor of S.1310 is Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) who is one of the loudest voices in the GMO labeling campaign. Also co-sponsor of the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, Sen. Blumenthal has fought for bipartisan federal legislation that would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to clearly label genetically engineered foods so that consumers can make informed choices about what they eat.
This is a curious issue and may explain why Connecticut’s compromise Bill 6527 will only take into effect after ridiculous requirements are met.
FDA’s scope gives them enough control, why more?
Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), the FDA has been given the power to oversee “both finished dietary supplement products and dietary ingredients.” Interestingly, the FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than those covering “conventional” foods and drug products. Under the DSHEA:
• The manufacturer of a dietary supplement or dietary ingredient is responsible for ensuring that the product is safe before it is marketed.
• FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement product after it reaches the market.
According to Durbin and S.1310 supporters, the problem that needs to be addressed is that under this legislation manufacturers do not need to register their products with FDA or get FDA approval before producing or selling dietary supplements. In effect, supplement manufacturers are on the “honor code” and “must make sure that product label information is truthful and not misleading.”
The solution is not more regulation
Current law supposedly ensures our safety and further supplement laws are simply not needed. As noble as it might appear, the solution in preventing adverse affects from controversial supplements like energy drinks and weight-loss pills is not more government control.
Consumers need to educate themselves and take ownership of their health. Just over a century ago, people were self-sustaining; growing their own food, taking care of their own basic medical needs and were living free of extraneous government control.
Today, however, most Americans have become virtually inept in caring for themselves and their families. Subsequently, the more ignorant people become in basic life-skills, the more power Americans give Big Gov, Big Ag and the medical community.
The solution is be connected with reputable sources like NaturalHealth365 and get educated, stay informed and take responsibility for your health and the health of your loved ones.
Sign the petition today and tell big government that we can take care of ourselves and that we don’t need more regulatory control.
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