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DSHEA Full Implementation and Enforcement Act of 2003- S. 1538

Posted by
Misty L. Trepke on October 15, 2003 at 11:48:21:

I would still like to read this bill, but is a very positive step to counteract S. 722.
Be Well,
Misty L. Trepke
http://www.searching-alternatives.com

DSHEA Full Implementation and Enforcement Act of 2003 (S.
1538).

THIS IS THE LETTER TO BE SENT ( To your elected representatives), GO TO THE WEBSITE for easy sending:
http://capwiz.com/nnfa/mail/compose/


As your constituent, I urge you to support a very important bill from Senators Tom Harkin and Orrin Hatch, the DSHEA Full Implementation and Enforcement Act of 2003 (S. 1538).

This bill will give the Food and Drug Administration the resources it needs to enforce the current law, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994.

Even though the two most recent FDA commissioners have said that they have the power to ensure dietary supplements are safe for American consumers, this agency has fallen short when it comes to enforcement.

This bill will eliminate the FDA's excuse that it doesn't have enough staff or money to uphold the law. It will also hold the FDA accountable by requiring the agency to file annual reports to Congress about how DSHEA is being implemented.

In addition, the Harkin/Hatch bill would also provide much-needed funding for research and consumer education to the National Institute of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements.

Please support Senators Harkin and Hatch in their efforts to pass this bill and please also consider becoming a co-sponsor.

As much as I would like you to support S. 1538, I urge you to oppose S. 722, the so-called Dietary Supplement "Safety" Act, introduced by
Senator Richard Durbin. Despite its title, this bill allows no more consumer protection than DSHEA already provides.

It does, however, contain new and discretionary enforcement powers that would significantly undermine many of the freedoms that American consumers of dietary supplements - like myself - hold dear.

I am deeply concerned that S. 722 would subject nearly all vitamins, minerals, herbal products and other supplements to a level of scrutiny that is both unwarranted and unnecessary.

Products that have been used safely and beneficially for hundreds - and in some cases, thousands - of years would be subject to clinical evaluation using standards that are at the complete discretion of the FDA.

Instead of changing a good law, Congress should instead help the FDA to do a better job enforcing it by providing the resources the agency needs to make full use of its more-than-adequate authority as granted by DSHEA.

In closing, I ask you support the S. 1538 and help the FDA fully utilize DSHEA. I also ask that you oppose the extreme and unnecessary legislation proposed by Senator Durbin, S. 722.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this important matter.





DSHEA Full Implementation and Enforcement Act of 2003- S. 1538 (Archive in CODEX

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 16, 2003 at 08:42:23:

In Reply to: DSHEA Full Implementation and Enforcement Act of 2003- S. 1538 posted by Misty L. Trepke on October 15, 2003 at 11:48:21:

Thanks, Misty!

An alternative to S.722.

Namaste`

Walt

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My response from Sen. Lautenberg is attached above..nm

Posted by Bernadette on October 17, 2003 at 09:59:02:

In Reply to: DSHEA Full Implementation and Enforcement Act of 2003- S. 1538 posted by Misty L. Trepke on October 15, 2003 at 11:48:21:

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