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As “must pass”
legislation, the Farm Bill has attracted over eighty amendments. One of them,
offered by Sen. Patrick Leahy, is a revival of Leahy’s disastrous
anti-supplement bill that passed in the Senate but has so far been rejected by
the House—the language of this amendment is exactly the same as that original
The amendment would increase criminal penalties for
“misbranding” or “adulterating” foods from a maximum of one year in jail to ten
The dramatic increase in jail time and fines will make
supplement production an even riskier proposition than it is today. To his credit, Sen. Leahy added some
additional language to make the ten-year jail term apply to those who “knowingly and intentionally defraud
or mislead” and
do so “with conscious or reckless
disregard of a risk of death or serious bodily injury.” But this
language is subjective and vague. We shouldn’t send someone to jail for ten years because of how the FDA rates their intentions. Laws should be about
actions. Would the FDA assert that a seller of raw milk is knowingly and
intentionally disregarding risk of death? Of course they would. So the ten-year
jail threat would apply.
Please contact your senators and express your strong
opposition to Sen. Leahy’s anti-supplement amendment.
Please personalize your message if you have the time!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]