In early February, health conscious Americans began to hear of a frightening piece of legislation, introduced by Sen. John McCain, that would threaten access to dietary and health supplements many Americans depend on.
Referred to as the “Dietary Supplement Safety Act”, DSSA (S. 3002), this legislation would repeal key protections in the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), which stated that nutrients are food and, as food, you can have them in any form – and any amount – you like. If successful, McCain’s bill would give the FDA sweeping new powers to regulate the vitamin and supplement industry.
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The globalizing forces have long had their eyes set on the destruction of this legally granted freedom to choose high potency nutrients, each of which cuts into the huge profitability of Big Pharma products.
Thanks to a massive outpouring of opposition from the American public, it has been rumored that McCain will withdraw support from his own bill, and instead collaborate with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on revised legislation that allegedly provides for transparency and safety within the supplement industry but without the intensive regulatory intervention proposed in S. 3002 (OverTheCounterToday).
These are only Senate rumors, however, and so far, McCain has remained publicly silent. The last public statement he made was his floor statement in which he seemed to misunderstand what was in his own bill.
Care2 has joined with the Alliance for Natural Health to keep the public updated on this important health issue, and to keep the pressure on senators all over the country so that they understand that Americans are staunchly opposed to this bill.
ANH reports that “there are also numerous rumors floating around that individual elements of the McCain bill will turn up as amendments to other legislation. We will be maintaining our steely vigilance against all other legislative efforts that might infringe consumer and practitioner access to US natural health products, on which so many Americans (and hundreds of thousands outside of America) depend.”
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