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The briefing educated congress members on the prevailing safety record and consumer support of dietary supplement use.
April 6 marked the newest congressional briefing session of the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral group whose goal is to educate U.S. senators and representatives on the benefits and safety standing of dietary supplements.
This was the ninth meeting on Capitol Hill since the caucus was introduced in 2005 and the first meeting to be held in front of the 112th congress. It was held in cooperation with industry associatiosn including the American Botanical Council (ABC; Austin, TX), the American Herbal Products Association (Silver Spring, MD).
The luncheon briefing was led by ABC founder and executive director Mark Blumenthal, who highlighted strong dietary supplement regulatory measures that industry currently uses, including the Natural Product Association’s good manufacturing program and the United Natural Products Association’s GMP training initiatives.
Co-chairs of the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus include Senators Orrin hatch (R-UT) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representatives Dan Burton (R-IN), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Frank Pallone (D-NJ).