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Public Statements

Protecting the Health Supplement Industry from Burdensome Regulations

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. ROSKAM. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to voice my concerns about recent FDA draft guidelines impacting the health supplement industry.

Each year millions of Americans choose to take vitamins and supplements. These supplements are regulated under law and represent just one way consumers can make informed decisions about their healthcare.

In July 2011 the Food and Drug Administra tion issued guidelines relating to new dietary ingredients or NDIs. These guidelines were aimed at ensuring the safety of ingredients contained in dietary supplements. While the FDA is responsible for the safety of supplements and the general public, I am concerned this regulation will create unnecessary paperwork and ultimately cost valuable jobs.

The FDA received over 146,000 pages of comments from the public on the guidelines and it is my hope they will take these into serious consideration as they draft a final guidance.

In February 2011 President Obama stated in a speech before the United States Chamber of Commerce that if there are rules and regulations, ``. . . needlessly stifling job creation and economic growth, we will fix them. Already we're dramatically cutting down on the paperwork that saddles businesses with huge administrative costs.''

Instead the Administration continues to promulgate burdensome regulations like the New Dietary Ingredient guideline that go beyond the original Congressional intent and will ultimately make it more difficult for companies to operate.

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