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Update: 04/13/10 – “Food Safety” Bill updated to “protect” Dietary Supplements… we’re NOT satisfied! See: http://drrimatruthreports.com/?p=5144 for details.
Update: 04/01/10 – Will the “Food Safety” Bill be amended to include restrictions on Dietary Supplements? Or, will your voices be heard and the bill amended to protect local, natural food production? TAKE THE ACTION ITEM ABOVE.
Update: 03/08/10 – NutraIngredients confirms S.3002 is dead.
Update: 03/05/10 – Rumor from DC: Sen McCain told Sen Hatch he will withdraw bill!*
Update: 02/15/10 – Action eAlert – Food Dictatorship Thanks to Codex, Harkin and McCain… http://drrimatruthreports.com/?p=4683
Update: 02/09/10 – Action eAlert – http://drrimatruthreports.com/?p=4642
Update: 02/05/10 – http://drrimatruthreports.com/?p=4615#2
Update: 02/04/10 – “DSSA” Filed as Senate Bill S 3002. Follow it at: http://www.thomas.gov and search for that bill number.
* 03/05/10 – Update: Latest rumor from DC: McCain to withdraw his support for the so-called Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010 (DSSA – S.3002). Says one email rumor that claims to have insider info:
“Hundreds of thousands of messages* poured into the Senate opposing Senator
McCain’s bill, the bill that would have wiped out current legislative
protections for dietary supplements. More and more messages were arriving by
the day. The entire Congress began to take note. …
Word is now racing around Capitol Hill that Senator McCain met with Senator
Orin Hatch, a champion of natural medicine, and told him that he is
withdrawing his support for the bill he authored, the so-called Dietary
Supplement Safety Act (S 3002). This means that the bill as written is now
* Actually, we tally 390,000 emails generated through the Health Freedom Action eAlert system since McCain offered the bill on February 4th. Previously we had generated just about one million emails opposing the McCain bill’s “more evil twin”– the fake food “safety” bill, S.510, which was poised for adoption last November until about 150,000 messages poured into the Senate from us over one weekend.
We assume the rumor is correct and the McCain bill is dead. However, we’ve believed the McCain bill was just a stalking-horse for S.510 and intend to continue to push against that bill to make sure it is not amended to include McCain’s imposition of international Codex restrictions on our Dietary Supplement freedoms.
We re-post in full the February 3rd media release from the Natural Products Association and the Citizens for Health analysis, regarding S 3002 and its threats to health freedom.
It was Constitutionalist Dr. Ron Paul (R-Texas) who described the FDA’s behavior as “an abuse of power…” and now failed presidential candidate John McCain lets us know where he stands: on the side of the power abusers and against the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) which a unanimous Congress adopted to protect our access to high potency nutrients. With the suppression of wholesome, natural nutrition and natural remedies will come the preventable diseases of mal- and under-nutrition, a lower population and profits along the way.
The “Accepted Dietary Ingredient List” in the McCain bill is an especially troubling provision since such a code provision moves us away from our Common Law Right to access the foods we choose to a Civil Law (Codex Alimentarius) regulation of what we may choose. Under the Common Law what is not explicitly forbidden is allowed; under the Code, whatever is not explicitly permitted is forbidden. This “lawyer’s distinction” is of the greatest significance in preserving our Liberty. This provision could outlaw thousands of herbs, minerals and nutrients, just as similar European provisions are limiting dietary ingredient choice under the EU’s implementation of Codex.
The terms of this bill further the Globalist Eugenicidal Agenda (of the “Bigs” — Big Agribiz, Big Pharma, Big Finance, Big Govt…) in that they seek to treat dietary supplements, which are foods and therefore ought to be deemed safe if used as directed, as though they were toxins (while, of course, the agency treats the real dangers – GMOs, food additives, dangerous drugs, vaccines and industrial toxins as though they were perfectly safe). If they succeed, our best hope for safe foods and high potency nutrients could be gone.
Further, this bill needs to be seen in the context of the other fake “Safety” bill pending in the Senate, the The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, S 510, which does “for” family farms and ranches, natural and community food production what the McCain bill does to dietary supplements: create restrictions that the “Bigs” can live with but which will drive ethical, local production out of the market. See: http://drrimatruthreports.com/?p=4014 for Sen Tom Harkin’s assurance this past November that DSHEA was not under attack. But now it appears to be under attack and we view McCain’s bill as part of a concerted effort to restrict Health Freedom. – RF
At a press conference held earlier today, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced that he would be introducing legislation that would amend the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) additional powers over retailers and suppliers in the dietary supplements industry. The Natural Products Association is reviewing McCain’s bill, which is cosponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), and offers this initial analysis regarding the impact of the legislation on the industry.
NPA will work aggressively to address this threat to the industry. The association will continue to keep its members informed and let them know how they can help protect their businesses.
Brief description of the provisions of the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010
New Requirements from Suppliers to Retailers
Suppliers and retailers regardless of size all along the chain of commerce are required to “obtain adequate written evidence” from the seller that the product is registered as required. That evidence must be retained in a file available for inspection.
Adverse Event Reporting (AER)
Requires reporting of all adverse events, not just serious adverse events. In addition, a compilation of non-serious AERs must be submitted annually, and records must be maintained for three years.
“Accepted Dietary Ingredients” List
Mandates creation by the Secretary of a list of “Accepted Dietary Ingredients” to replace the current “in commerce pre-DSHEA” test.
New Dietary Ingredients (NDI)
NDIs are considered adulterated unless there is a history of use or evidence of its safety. Registrants shall maintain a “scientifically reasonable substantiation file” available for inspection by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Registration required 75 days prior to market.
Provides immediate recall authority to the Secretary upon determination that a supplement “would cause serious, adverse health consequences or death, or is adulterated or misbranded.” Companies subject to a recall have the right to challenge the order in an “informal hearing” within 10 days. At their own expense, retailers must notify customers of such recalls.
Registration of Dietary Supplement Facilities
Dietary supplement facilities shall register with the Secretary (required information includes name, address of all facilities, trade names, list of supplements, their ingredients, and labels). Registration is annual.
Read the complete bill here:
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“…there are a host of problems in the bill serious enough to make it a completely irreparable and untenable piece of legislation. These include:
(1) The creation of completely outrageous European Food Supplements Directive (EFSD)/Health Canada-esque facility registration requirements for all brands, products and ingredients, despite the fact that food facilities are already required to be registered;
(2) The effective removal of the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) status for most major dietary supplement/herbal ingredients, thereby deeming most supplements as “adulterated” unless they are included on the FDA’s “Accepted Dietary Ingredients” list;
(3) The creation and maintenance of voluminous safety dossiers on every dietary supplement and ingredient;
(4) The requirement that “all adverse events” (not just serious adverse events) relating to supplements be reported, including non-serious, trivial and unsubstantiated reports; and
(5) The codification of arbitrary and capricious cease-and-desist and recall authority based merely on the FDA’s “reasonable probability” that an item is adulterated or misbranded (this action can be taken regardless of whether the manufacturer is properly challenging the order).
This bill’s proposed establishment of an “approved list of ingredients” (much like EFSD’s approved lists of supplement ingredients and ingredient forms) is something to which the U.S. government (specifically the U.S. Codex delegation) has been adamantly opposed. So why would that same U.S. government endeavor to create “lists” – within its own borders – that it sees fit to battle against internationally?
In addition, the proposed provision that would require “all” adverse events to be reported would bog the AER system down with hundreds, if not thousands, of trivial and product-unrelated reports. This would serve to bury reports noting potential areas of commonality (signal events) in a garbage heap of useless information…”