S. 1425, The Dietary Supplement Labeling Act has been introduced in
the Senate by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). The bill targets nutritional supplements
and supplement manufacturers in an effort to pass unnecessary new regulations and
give the FDA vast new powers.
This bill requires that the FDA, together with the Institute
of Medicine, compile a list of dietary ingredients (supplements) that could
lead to adverse events or are otherwise deemed risky in some way. But creating
lists of “bad” ingredients or “bad” doses based on completely arbitrary or
non-existent standards is a slippery slope. Please do not be misled. This is
not a minor change to DSHEA. It will give the FDA major new powers to curtail
supplement sales. It will lead inexorably to pre-approval for supplements—and
that will cost so much that most supplements will disappear.
Moreover, almost all of the bill’s other provisions are
already covered by existing law. There is no need for any new legislation,
especially with the vague language in this bill; the only need is for existing
laws to be fully enforced.
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