posted on Sep, 20 2011 @ 07:17 PM
I sent an e-mail letter to sen. chuck schumer's office about this(I'm in NY for awhile) and I got this response:
Thank you for contacting me in opposition to S. 1310, the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2011. Like you, I believe that consumers should
have access to safe and effective dietary supplements.
As you know, the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to more effectively regulate dietary
supplements that may pose safety risks unknown to consumers. This bill would require dietary supplement manufacturers to register products with the
Food and Drug Administration and require product labels to include warnings associated with adverse events of specific ingredients, weight of those
ingredients per serving, and a batch number for easier recall. Finally, this legislation would also direct the FDA to establish a definition of
“conventional food” to clarify the distinction between food and beverage products with additives and dietary supplements.
I believe that the FDA has a legitimate role to play in acting as an honest broker of consumer information; consumers have a right to all
available, truthful information regarding products available in the marketplace. The legislation would not discourage the use or sale of supplements;
it would merely help to ensure that fully-informed consumers are purchasing safe products and give the FDA the ability to remove any harmful dietary
supplements from the market. It is important all Americans have access to safe dietary supplements, as is the case with any other processed food
products they consume.
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced this legislation on June 30, 2011. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education,
Labor, and Pensions where it awaits further consideration. While I am not a member of this committee, please be assured I will monitor this bill
closely as it moves through the Senate.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can ever be
of assistance to you on this or any other matter.
Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator
edit on 20-9-2011 by dragonseeker because: (no reason given)