Goverment to Abolish Freedom of Access to Nutritional Supplements

Goverment to Abolish Freedom of Access to Nutritional Supplements

Health Freedom Alliance has been working for years to educate our readers about the benefits of vitamins and natural supplements and just when traditional medicine is starting to recognize the positive healthy effects the government just might take them away.
If Arizona Senator John McCain has his way, many of the supplements you rely on for good health will disappear. And the cost of the few you can still get will explode in price.
Earlier this month, Sen. McCain introduced a bill falsely labeled the “Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010” (S. 3002). Sounds good, right? Nothing to worry about .McCain says: “Legitimate dietary supplement companies should have nothing to fear from this legislation.  The purpose of the bill is not to create a sweeping regulatory structure, but instead a targeted structure that provides for openness, transparency and safety.”

Well, here’s what McCain didn’t say.
This bill would require every person involved with supplements – all the way down to mom-and-pop health food stores and multi-level-marketing distributors — to register with the FDA.  Next, every “dietary supplement facility” must turn over a complete list of the products and ingredients they sell or handle.
It gets worse. Should this bill become law, the state will determine if an ingredient can be sold. You see, under DSHEA passed in 1994, any ingredient sold before the bill passed could be sold legally forever. Well, no more.
Under this bill, the FDA will assume any ingredient “adulterated” unless “there is a history of use or other evidence of safety.” Manufacturers and distributors must provide the FDA “with information, including any citation to published articles, which is the basis on which the manufacturer or distributor has concluded that a dietary supplement containing such dietary ingredient will reasonably be expected to be safe.”
And guess who is the ultimate judge and jury? The FDA!
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  • Alecia Evans

    We continuously complain about the soaring cost of health care in this country. There are millions of people keeping themselves healthy with supplements at no cost to the government or to health insurance companies. So why in the name of common sense would you want to take away peoples right to keep themselves healthy and keep costs down? Ask yourselves why would a government that was set up to protect its citizens would come up with a way to deny people access to keeping themselves healthy and not a burden on the health care system- especially when there is so much irrefutable petri dish and evidentiary science that supplements actually work to keep you healthy and not need a flu shot?

  • Henry

    WOW, this bill was written in 2010, and it seems to have failed to pass … Should this still be considered “News?”