September 27, 2010
Action Alert: So-called "Food Safety" Bill Targets Natural SupplementsTopics: Health Issues, Political News and commentaries
If you care about your right to continue making decisions about your own health, and use health care supplements and/or buy fruits and vegetables from small to mid-size farm and food facilities - you need to know about the draconian "S 3767" that's been introduction in the Senate Judiciary Committee by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). All dietary supplements are at risk!
The bill is the Food Safety Accountability Act of 2010 (S 3767) and it increases fines and penalties for any person who knowingly introduces or delivers for introduction into interstate commerce any food that is adulterated or misbranded. It also imposes increased regulations and fees, including a $500 annual registration fee, which is a great imposition on small producers.Be sure to take the time to read it all. Then contact your Senator immediately to state your opposition to the bill.
While at first glance it would seem a good thing to police adulterated or misbranded food, the problem is the vagueness of the definition of adulterated or misbranded. For instance, misbranded could mean the supplement was marketed using perfectly sound peer-reviewed research but without the approval of the FDA.
An example of this that has already occurred is a cherry producer who cited peer-reviewed scientific research from prestigious universities on the health benefits of cherries, but the FDA decided by citing that research it had, in effect, turned cherries into drugs through "false and actionable misbranding." The FDA regularly censors science and quashes constitutionally protected free speech on healthful, natural supplements at the bidding of Big Pharma.
The bill is so draconian that even minor mistakes in record keeping can cause the supplement manufacturer and distributor to be guilty of a violation. It also holds the seller responsible for mistakes made by the manufacturer. This is part of an ongoing effort by Congress to control your ability to make your own health decisions.
Mor information on the bill is available here.
Posted by Richard at September 27, 2010 6:07 PM
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