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NUFA passes House

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

An amendment to the "National Uniformity for Food Act" by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) "clarifies that uniformity in notification requirements for warnings does not apply to warnings related to dietary supplements." The amended version of H.R. 4167 passed the House March 8 in a 283-139 vote. The bill would prevent state-imposed food labeling requirements (1"The Tan Sheet" March 6, 2006, p. 7). An amendment by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and three other lawmakers which would still require food labeling notifications related to cancer and birth defect risks was not adopted before the legislation passed. The American Herbal Products Association and National Nutritional Foods Association stated they would seek inclusion of supplements in a Senate companion bill. Council for Responsible Nutrition President Steve Mister said the amendment was "very disappointing but not totally unexpected," since supplements have been expressly excluded from other versions of the bill since its first introduction in 1998. CRN will work to educate lawmakers that supplements are safe and to eliminate confusion about their regulation by FDA...

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