CRN Talks Dietary Supplements with All New Congress, House Members

June 6, 2011

The association made a committed effort to educate the newly elected officials to ensure they have “accurate information about dietary supplements and their contributions to good health.”

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN; Washington, DC) announced it has completed a “milestone of meetings,” having met with all 112 freshmen offices in the House and Senate within the first 60 legislative days of the 112th Congress.

As last November’s elections saw a very large turnover, with 112 freshmen offices in the House and Senate combined, the association made a committed effort to educate the newly elected officials to ensure they have “accurate information about dietary supplements and their contributions to good health.”

CRN says meetings focused on the role of dietary supplements in health, their value to healthcare savings and the economy, and existing regulation overseeing the industry-namely, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.

“Like so many other industries, the dietary supplement industry faces complex legal and regulatory challenges that require a focused and articulate education program if we hope to find allies on Capitol Hill,” stated Mike Greene, CRN’s vice president of government relations. “Our goal is to develop open lines of communications with legislators and to serve as a resource on potential legislative issues. We share a goal with Congress of ensuring that any potential dietary supplement legislation is crafted to protect consumers while still providing them appropriate access to beneficial, safe products without being inappropriately burdensome on taxpayers, regulatory agencies, and industry.”

“Now that we have been able to meet with so many new faces in Congress and introduce CRN and the industry, we’ll adjust our approach to reflect specific requests and proposals, such as urging support for specific legislation, cosigning letters, or joining the Dietary Supplement Caucus,” he added. The Caucus, together with CRN’s annual Day on the Hill, are also part of the association’s outreach efforts. The next Day on the Hill and Caucus is happening June 15.