To celebrate the 20th anniversary of DSHEA and to honor Sen. Hatch’s tireless work to gain passage of DSHEA, the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) announced a tribute luncheon for the senator on Oct. 23 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
The luncheon is open to all industry members. Registration for the luncheon is $25 and can be completed at unpa.com/events. Luncheon sponsorships are available by contacting Kira Olsen, 801-474-2572; firstname.lastname@example.org.
“In his role as the lead author and the leading proponent of DSHEA, Sen. Hatch paved a pathway for the modern dietary supplement industry,” said Loren Israelsen, UNPA president. “The industry and its leadership are joining together to honor his dedication to the health and well-being of all Americans and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this landmark legislation.”
Thanks to Sen. Hatch’s pioneering work, millions of Americans enjoy the benefits of supplements to support the health and well-being of their families. His continued leadership in the Senate remains a vital key to the continued growth and success of the dietary supplement industry, adding thousands of jobs and billions of dollars to the economies of Utah—where the industry is valued at $7.25 billion—as well as a number of other states.
On Oct. 25, 1994, when President Bill Clinton signed DSHEA into law, Congress had officially recognized the role supplements can play in health promotion and in the prevention of chronic diseases. This comprehensive law established a new statutory framework for dietary supplements, clearly defining them as foods; provided the Food and Drug Administration with a number of new authorities to ensure the safety of products; allowed for qualified health claims; called for a new system of good manufacturing practice guidelines; and established the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health—a groundbreaking legislative achievement and a lasting legacy to the visionary work of Sen. Hatch.
Twenty years later, the dietary supplement industry has grown to $35 billion in annual sales, with more than 150 million Americans taking dietary supplements annually.