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The Dietary Supplement Labeling Act has been introduced in
the Senate. It was created in response to the recent “Lazy Cakes”
controversy, though there is hardly any mention in it of food companies
the one that made the Lazy Cakes. The bill instead targets supplements
supplement manufacturers, exploiting a hot-button food issue to try to
more regulation for dietary supplements.
This bill requires that the FDA, together with the Institute
of Medicine, compile a list of dietary ingredients that could lead to
events or are otherwise deemed risky in some way. But creating lists of
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
change to DSHEA. It will give the FDA major new powers to curtail
Moreover, almost all of the bill’s other provisions are
already covered by existing law. There is no need for any new
especially with the vague language in this bill; the only need is for
laws to be fully enforced.
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