Tell Congress to Oppose the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act

The Dietary Supplement Labeling Act has been introduced in the Senate. It was created in response to the recent “Lazy Cakes” brownie controversy, though there is hardly any mention in it of food companies like the one that made the Lazy Cakes. The bill instead targets supplements and supplement manufacturers, exploiting a hot-button food issue to try to pass 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 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.

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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