Protect Your Consumer Rights for Supplements!

Please take a moment to look into the recent FDA draft guidance issued on July 1, 2011, to comply with the “New Dietary Ingredients (NDI)” notification protocols included in the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). These new guidelines potentially impact any and all supplemental ingredients introduced to the market since October 1994. This is a very roundabout complex draft that promises to bog down the supplement industry and make many products (L-theanine, SamE, Rhodiola) possibly unavailable for years.

Don’t be fooled that these regulations are for your protection! They will only serve to support the pharmaceutical industry.  The European Union recently (May 1, 2011) passed regulations that have made nearly all supplements unavailable throughout the European Union. Please help stop this from happening here in the US. Speak up to protect your rights as a consumer.

Keep in mind that properly prescribed pharmaceuticals are estimated to be between the 4 – 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.  On the contrary, statistics published in the U.S. National Poison Data System 2009 Annual Report indicate the number of people killed in 2009 across America by vitamins, minerals, amino acids or herbal supplements is exactly zero.

For more information on the DSHEA and the related NDI, check out the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH). The ANH is also driving a National Lobby Day (Thursday, September 8th) for all consumers to speak out against NDI.

Comments are currently open till October 3rd, 2011. 

Docket info: Document ID: FDA-2011-D-0376-0001

Document Type: Notice

What can you do!

You can sign a petition here:

comment directly here

You can join ANH and call your Congressman on Sept. 8th (that’s tomorrow!) details here.

You can pass this on, via email, twitter, facebook, linkedin and whatever other social media you use

In addition to the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), below are some additional resources to keep current on this issue:

FDA/Law Blog

FDA

American Botanical Council

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