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Dr. Rima Reports: Sunday Mornings 10 to 1 EDT:
DSHEA & NUTRIENTS STILL UNDER ATTACK!
This Action Item Updated To Include New Attacks!
Updated Foundation Counsel’s Blog Report:
Latest FDA Ploy:
Using the “Food Control Law”
to Ban Advanced Dietary Supplements!
Dr. Paul G. King, PhD, during a discussion with Dr. Rima Laibow and myself earlier this week , reminded us that the comment period for the FDA “new dietary ingredient” rule [promulgated not under DSHEA, but rather, under what we call the Food Control Act of 2010] ends October 5th. Since the new rule is rather complex, it may take a bit of time to analyze and fully respond. But that is just what we plan to do: analyze and expose. We’d like your participation in that process, so “stay tuned” as we develop a strategy to stop this latest assault on our Health and Food Freedoms.
Dr. Rima reminds us of what happened in 2007 when FDA tried to push through its infamous CAM Guidance. The FDA comment system collapsed after your 198,000 comments (698,000 tried to comment!) and the guidance was never finalized. That Action Item “went viral” and your Push Back prevailed.
My concern is that this new rule “codifies” the abuse of power that FDA got away with in the matter of pyradoxamine, B6, the vitamin it recently banned at the request of a drug company. Dr. King reminds me that, if that’s all the new rule did, it would be bad, but, he says, it does much, much more… and is much, much worse!
I have to agree with him; the FDA seeks to use the so-called FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 to trump the dietary supplement freedoms we won in 1994 with the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). So we propose to facilitate a discussion among health and food freedom advocates about a pooling views and analyses to strengthen the response to the proposed rule. Our existing No Food Control Action Item has been updated to include this bad FDA regulation.
You never wavered in your (and our!) opposition to the Food Control Law and now we won’t waver in our opposition to its implementation!
Last week we reported on the Nutraingredients USA article that warned us about a new threat to Health and Food Freedom in Congress: the Durbin Dietary Supplement Labeling Bill – http://tinyurl.com/6bpuz7x
According to the article: “The bill would… require manufacturers to register dietary supplement products [with] the FDA, require labels to disclose the known risks of ingredients and display a mandatory warning if the product contains a dietary ingredient that may cause potentially serious adverse events. The bill also calls for labels to display the batch number, something already adopted as standard”
The article quotes leading dietary supplement lawyer Jonathan Emord, calling the bill a “classic example of regulatory overkill…. The FDA has full regulatory power to prevent the sale of adulterated and misbranded foods and dietary supplements… By introducing new powers when old ones are more than sufficient, [Durbin] invites abuses, including more burden and cost on an industry that is already overwhelmed by the burden and cost of the GMPs and, now, the [sic] Food Safety Modernization Act…”
POWER IS THE GOAL: “Sen Durbin said that his goal “is to take the decision about how a product will be regulated out of the hands of the manufacturer and put it in the hands of the FDA where it belongs.”
For More About Our Analysis of the Attacks on Nutrients please see Gen. Bert’s First Risk Assessment, updated: Threats to Health and Food Freedom – http://drrimatruthreports.com/?p=9145
Subsequent to this disturbing report, we learned of a new FDA dietary supplement regulation under the new Food Control Law, the infamous S.510 of the 111th Congress.
As Natural News reports: “…nearly all vitamin and supplement ingredients could soon be banned under the FDA’s new NDI [New Dietary Ingredient] rules because very few supplement ingredients can be conclusively shown to have been widely used BEFORE [the “grandfathering” date of] 1994… Through this clever trick with NDI rules, the FDA can now position itself as the gatekeeper for all supplement approvals. Far from merely being a requirement to “notify” the FDA of the use of new ingredients, NDI rules essentially subject supplements to approval from the FDA.
Similarly, the Natural Products Association has this to say:
We believe the draft guidance does not match Congress’s clear intent that products made from ingredients on the market prior to DSHEA should remain on the market. The FDA is asking for far more from the industry to prove that an ingredient was on the market before 1994 than most makers can probably produce. That was not the intent of DSHEA. These requirements will reduce ingredients meeting the established grandfathered status to a regrettably small number.
Our Action Item has been updated to help educate decision makers about the new NDI rule as well as Sen. Durbin’s bill: please contact your congress-critters daily about this the other health and food freedom issues that matter!
And while you are at it… Please support Dr. Ron Paul’s Raw Milk Interstate Commerce Freedom Bill, HR.1830: http://tinyurl.com/rawmilkfreedom