A couple of weeks ago, I wrote to you about Senator McCain’s bill and how it might threaten our access to vitamins and supplements.
At the time, McCain seemed to be backing down. But I knew that was too good to be true.
Apparently, Senator McCain got a deluge of angry letters, emails and calls. Never one to retreat, McCain realized he needed a new strategy. And that new strategy could make it even harder for you and me to get our hands on the products we rely on to stay healthy.
Sneaky supplement move: Eight ball, corner pocket
While he did withdraw his support for the “McCain Bill,” the Senator seems to still be on the warpath against our supplements.
Smart man that he is, McCain knew any new bill focused on supplements would continue to draw public ire (and threaten his chances for re-election), so he took four of the key provisions from his original bill and snuck them into the FDA Food Safety Modernization Bill.
I mean, who doesn’t want safer food???
That’s why I’m worried this bill will sail through.
And one of McCain’s pet ideas could also mean that any ingredient not occurring naturally in the food supply would have to be approved as a “new dietary ingredient (NDI)” before it could be sold. As always, that sounds like a good idea on the surface but wait ’til you see what that really means.
The secret dangers of…grape skins?
You see, food extracts aren’t considered “in the food supply” so items like resveratrol or EGCG or CoQ10 could literally be pulled off the market without warning and forced to go through lengthy and expensive approval processes before we would be allowed to take them again.
..for our own good, of course.
Now maybe Senator McCain isn’t leading an evil plot to get CoQ10 off the market, but he would be giving the FDA the power to do just that.
And those two words together are pretty scary: “FDA” and “power.”
It doesn’t seem like this will blow up in McCain’s face the way the DSSA bill did so I wouldn’t count on him backing down this time.
That means we need to be ready. So stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted and let you know what we need to do to save our supplements.
Jenny Thompson is the Director of the Health Sciences Institute and editor of the HSI e-Alert. Through HSI, she and her team uncover important health information and expose ridiculous health misinformation, most notably through the HSI e-Alert.
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