Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) and Michael B. Enzi (R-WY) along with House of Representative members, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Jared Polis (D-CO) have been named industry champions at the 13th NPA Natural Products Day in Washington DC.
The Natural Products Association (NPA) event was attended by about 150 stakeholders from 33 states who celebrated the revision of the McCain Bill and the passing of the Health Care Reform Bill. Attendees were told of the need to continue supporting the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).
The parliamentarians were recognized for their advocacy of the dietary supplements industry, with Senator Hatch in particular singled out for his work in having the McCain Bill amended.
The day was also about renewing calls for ongoing advocacy.
“Lawmakers were asked to support the preservation of which protects access to dietary supplements, and to oppose S.3002 (the McCain Bill) and any similar measures that threaten DSHEA,” the NPA said
“Attendees also asked for co-sponsorship of the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act (S.934, H.R.1324), which addresses nutrition standards for foods served outside school lunch and breakfast programs; and to continue support for food safety legislation that strengthens protection without adding redundant regulations to the manufacturing of dietary supplements.”
Congressmen and women were also asked to, “oppose the Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) Abuse Reduction Act of 2009 (S. 641), which amends the Controlled Substances Act to impose civil penalties for knowingly selling products containing DHEA to minors, and to support the Tax Equity for Dietary Supplements (H.R. 3406) bill that amends the IRS code to allow certain dietary supplements and meal replacement products to be eligible for tax exclusion for employer reimbursements of employee medical care expenses.”
The day also included a presentation from political pundit, Charles Cook.