Alliance for Natural Health
Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:22 UTC
Now Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has composed a letter to FDA expressing regret over FDA's dismissal of Senators Hatch and Harkin's request and reiterating that Congress did not intend to give FDA pre-market review of new dietary ingredients, nor did it intend to permit the agency to treat dietary ingredients in the same manner as food additives.
The letter goes on to articulate the legal problems with FDA's proposal, and strongly urges FDA to withdraw its guidance and instead design a fair and workable NDI notification system. It also requests that FDA refrain from taking any enforcement action that is based solely on positions articulated in the draft guidance that are not unequivocally grounded in the law.
Rep. Chaffetz's letter to FDA ends with a warning that, in the unfortunate event that FDA does not withdraw this guidance as requested, legislation to clarify current statute will be considered. Let's show FDA that the House means business - that there is support from Democrats and Republicans alike to withdraw the draft guidance altogether, so that consumers won't lose access to thousands of supplements.
Please write to your congressional representative and ask that he or she sign onto Rep. Chaffetz's letter to FDA. Reiterate the serious concerns with NDI guidance - how it severely threatens access to thousands of supplements, even though supplements have a proven safety record (unlike FDA-approved drugs!)
And if you haven't yet asked your representative to make a one-minute floor speech on this subject, please do that as well.
Persuade others in Congress to join him with our Action Alert!
Comment: To learn more about how the FDA is using 'draconian proposals' to ban vitamin supplements read the following:
The FDA has issued a proposed mandate that represents the greatest threat to dietary supplements since 1994. Back in the early 1990s, consumers were so alarmed by FDA bullying that they staged a massive revolt. The result was that Congress passed a law prohibiting the FDA from banning popular nutrients (as the agency had threatened to do).
There was, however, a loophole in the 1994 law. The FDA was given authority to regulate ingredients introduced after October 15, 1994.
It has been 17 years, but the FDA just issued draconian proposals as to how it intends to regulate what it now calls "new dietary ingredients". You can find the FDA Draft Guidance on New Dietary Ingredients (NDI's) here. If implemented, some of the most effective nutrients you are taking will be removed from the market. This includes many fish oil formulas and natural plant extracts. A detailed analysis of the FDA Draft Guidance is available here.
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