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Written by Wellness Club on April 30, 2010 – 2:18 pm -



The “WALL STREET REFORM” bill (H.R. 4173) has nothing to do with vitamins or supplements – right?




An amendment, inserted by Rep. Henry Waxman, would give the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) important new powers that could be used to circumvent key supplement protections in DSHEA – the legislation that currently protects your access to dietary supplements.

Here is information from the Alliance For Natural Health:

Anti-Supplement Measure Slips into “Reform” Bill Passed by the House; Please Take Action to Prevent Same in the Senate

The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173), recently passed in the House of Representatives, includes language going far beyond finance inserted by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA). This language could be used for an end run around the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the legislation that governs dietary supplement regulation by the FDA.

ANH-USA has been on alert to see how Waxman would use his chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee to strike at DSHEA.  He is clever tactician and we knew a covert attack was a possibility.  In this case, Waxman has left DSHEA alone, and has instead inserted language in the Wall St “reform” bill that gives the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) important new powers that could be used to circumvent key supplement protections in DSHEA.

Specifically, the Waxman provision would return to the FTC powers that Congress had stripped away in the 1980’s because of abuses, powers to create new regulations without prior Congressional approval. We know that the FTC would like to use such powers to impose new and crippling requirements on supplement companies. For more on the FTC’s thinking on this, and why the Agency is likely to turn any new legislative authority against supplements, see our full report.

Please tell your senators not to support any amendments that give FTC unchecked power to over-regulate areas they don’t understand, including dietary supplements.


Please click on this link to go to the Alliance For Natural Health webpage that will quickly and easily let you send a message to your senators.

It’s really, really easy to do – I tested it myself and it works.

And it is really, really important if you want to keep your access to natural supplements and vitamins.

Please contact your senators – right now – before it’s too late.

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