CSPI NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: April 24, 1998
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Regarding the FDAs Proposed Rule on Dietary Supplement Label Claims
The FDAs proposed rules for dietary supplement labels are merely a futile bureaucratic exercise in hairsplitting that will do little to protect consumers from misleading claims.
What difference does it make whether a dietary supplement is prohibited from claiming to "lower cholesterol" but can still state that it can help "maintain healthy cholesterol levels?" Both claims imply that the product can reduce the risk of heart disease which may, or may not, be true.
However, this proposal is not entirely the FDAs fault -- Congress has tied the agencys hands by requiring the FDA to allow dietary supplement companies to make claims without first proving that they are true. Its time that Congress unshackle the FDA and let the agency protect consumers from unsubstantiated and misleading health promises.
CSPI is a nonprofit consumer organization based in Washington, DC. It is supported by more than 900,000 subscribers to Nutrition Action Healthletter. CSPI led the drive for the law that requires nutrition information on almost all food labels and set standards for health and nutrition claims on labels.
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