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ICYMI: NPA’s Fabricant Appears on CBS “The Doctors”

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Daniel Fabricant, PhD., president and CEO of the Natural Products Association (NPA) and the former chief regulator of the dietary supplement industry appeared on the CBS show “The Doctors” on February 7, 2022. Fabricant discussed the unintended consequences of legislation in California that would place age restrictions on nutritional supplements. The legislation recently passed by a vote of 44-12 and will now go through the committee process in the California Senate.

“We share the concern for teenagers with eating disorders but regulating natural products like cigarettes is an overreach and will actually undermine public health by driving people away from responsible retailers to shady online sellers,” said Fabricant. “More Americans are turning to natural products during the pandemic than ever before because they want to stay healthy. Obesity and poor nutrition are a significant problem in the U.S., and that is why we are focused on expanding access to nutritional supplements through government programs including WIC, SNAP and through private health savings accounts.”

The bill’s sponsors claim the legislation is necessary because of an association between dietary supplements and eating disorders. NPA filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine if any such association existed and found no adverse events or reporting associated with dietary supplements and eating disorders.  Similar legislation is being considered in New York, New Jersey, Missouri and Massachusetts.

NPA has been fighting against this proposal for several years in California and other states. Last year director of Government Affairs for the Natural Products Association (NPA) Kyle Turk testified against the bill. NPA is also engaging its grassroots network and urging the industry to join the thousands of health and wellness advocates to contact their elected officials and warn them of the unintended consequences of this legislation. The campaign has generated 4,000 letters and 3,000 calls to elected officials in California.

“We need people to make their voices heard and tell elected officials to reject this misguided proposal. The federal government has in place vast enforcement powers and a long track record of punishing criminals who break the law. We support vigorous enforcement of the law to protect consumers, but this proposal is unnecessary and will not only do nothing to protect public health,” said Fabricant.

For more information, visit www.npanational.org.

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