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Sen. McCain Withdraws Support for Supplement Bill

March 8, 2010

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has reportedly withdrawn support for the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010 (S. 3002), a bill he introduced in February that was widely opposed by the supplement industry.

In a letter dated March 4, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who helped author the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), thanked Sen. McCain for withdrawing support for several provisions that Sen. Hatch said “would do great harm to the dietary supplement industry.”

“More than 100 million Americans regularly consume dietary supplements as a means of improving and maintaining healthy lifestyles,” the letter stated. “Therefore, continued access to these products is extremely important to them.”

Sen. Hatch said he was looking forward to working with Sen. McCain to ensure the industry “does not fall pretty to over-regulatory regimes and mounds of costly government bureaucracy.”

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