DSHEA Under Fire

Aug 17, 2009: The Relative Safety of Natural Products

By Neil E. Levin, CCN, DANLA via www.honestnutrition.com 1. Some have stated that the dietary supplement industry is largely “unregulated”. My response: This is not really a fair statement considering that recent regulatory efforts – supported by that same industry – have clamped down on the industry’s freedom to operate outside the regulatory system. Drug and dietary supplement regulation are…

Aug 17, 2009: Bias Against Natural Products

By Neil E. Levin, CCN, DANLA via www.honestnutrition.com Once again, a widely distributed article has savagely attacked the safety and efficacy of natural products; including vitamins, minerals, and herbs. That this article may be more commentary than journalism is immediately revealed by the author inexplicably linking energy medicine (with admitted health benefits for patients) with a concocted image of “shooing…

Aug 07, 2009: Industry Self-Regulation and FDA Ensure Dietary Supplement Safety & Quality

By James Gormley via www.thegormleyfiles.blogspot.com If retailers ask their customers about dietary supplement safety, they’re bound to get a variety of responses, especially considering that quality and safety often go hand-in-hand. In terms of quality, Vitamin Retailer magazine’s 2007 Annual Retailer Survey showed that the percentage of retailers who identify “high quality” as the most important element of their store’s…

Aug 07, 2009: What does Mel Gibson have to do with DSHEA?

By James Gormley via www.thegormleyfiles.blogspot.com A public-service ad that first aired in December 1993 showed camouflaged Federal agents equipped in full Special Forces gear, including night vision and weapons converging on Mel Gibson, who says, in defense, as he holds up a supplement bottle: “Hey. Guys. Guys. It’s only vitamins.” Before DSHEA This call-to-action video warned consumers that the Federal…

Aug 07, 2009: How DSHEA was really won

By James Gormley via www.thegormleyfiles.blogspot.com DSHEA, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, is the law which protects our access to dietary supplements and to truthful information about them; it also provides for the quality and safety of supplements. What led to the passage of this law was a historic grassroots and political battle, a struggle that actually…

Aug 06, 2009: GAO Report on Supplements

We predicted late last year before, during and after the election that 2009 would begin a time of change and challenge for dietary supplements. It looks like the first shoe has dropped: The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) presented a report to Congress last week, titled Dietary Supplements: FDA Should Take Further Action to Improve Oversight and Consumer Understanding. A…

Jul 16, 2009: Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus Update

WASHINGTON—The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, in cooperation with the two the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the Natural Products Association (NPA), hosted the third of a series of lunch briefings since the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus was founded. The briefings were aimed at educating Congressional staffers on important issues related to the dietary supplement industry. William Cooper, M.D., medical…