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ALERT! Senator Dick Durbin’s Latest
Attack on Dietary Supplements – S. 1310

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We recently received the attached information from the Sunshine Health Freedom Foundation (SHFF). This information is not produced or sponsored by Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc. SHFF has requested that we distribute this information to you.  Please review this information and pass it along to your successline members.

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Denise B. Bird
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The war on health freedom has a new battle developing.

Stop Durbin Now!
Senator Durbin, the Number 2 democrat in the United States Senate, has launched a new battle against the dietary supplement industry. S. 1310, the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2011, can only spell trouble for the industry, and quick, decisive and sustained action by the entire community from consumers to industry leadership is needed to stop him. Senator Durbin, whose leadership position is often referred to as the Democratic Whip, has for many years attempted to undermine the hard-won victories of Proxmire, NLEA, and the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

Durbin Wants to Give the FDA Even More Power
Just as the Senate was leaving Washington for the long July 4th holiday, Senator Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) issued a press statement announcing this new legislation. According to press accounts, this bill would have the FDA draw a bold line between dietary supplements and food additives, and it “would require FDA to establish a clear definition of which products are foods and should be regulated as such and which products are meant to be health aids and should be regulated as dietary supplements.”

Camel’s Nose under the Tent of DSHEA

In typical Durbin fashion, the press statements and the actual text of the legislation tell different stories. Senator Durbin is using his gripe with Monster drinks and melatonin bars as the camel’s nose under the tent to chip away at the founding principles of food law as they relate to dietary supplements.

S. 1310 Would:

Add additional and burdensome registration requirements for manufacturers
Seek to supersede US law with the implementation of a European Union style list of food ingredients and products which can be sold as supplements.
Be the death knell for proprietary blended products

Dietary Supplements and Other Foods Are Already Heavily Regulated
All foods, including dietary supplements, are already heavily regulated. The laws on the books are sufficient. Take part in stopping S. 1310. Send a message to your Senator to tell him/her to stop the Durbin/Blumenthal bill.

Only by working together can we keep quality products in the marketplace. Take Action Now. Send this letter to your Senator.

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