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Tell Your Senators to Vote NO TODAY on Durbin’s Amendment No. 2127!

By James J. Gormley and Frank Herd, Jr.

Starting at 2:00 p.m. today, May 24th, the Senate will vote on 17 amendments to the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187) –  also known as the FDA User Fee bill (S.3187) – followed by a vote on final passage, including anti-supplement Amendment No. 2127 from Senator Dick Durbin [D-IL].

Call Your Senators Now and ask them to Vote No on Durbin’s Amendment No. 2127!

Sound familiar? It should – you helped us defeat this move last year when an expanded version of it appeared as S. 1310, Durbin’s Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2011. Please use the link below to call your Senators right away and urge them to oppose Durbin’s amendment when it’s introduced, and to focus instead on holding unscrupulous food companies accountable to our existing system of consumer protections.

Last year’s S. 1310 was a misguided response to marketing tactics by  unscrupulous food companies trying to circumvent FDA standards – and so is Sen. Durbin’s Amendment No. 2127 to be voted on today.

This amendment would create a totally new law!

Call Your Senators Now and ask them to Vote No on Durbin’s Amendment No. 2127!

That’s right, a new law that would circumvent: the guidelines outlined even in the fatally flawed NDI Draft Guidance; the facility registration rules already in place under the Bioterrorism Act of 2001; and the over 35,000 product labels already on file with the FDA and the US National Library of Medicine.

The product registration nightmare of this new law would require burdensome and unnecessary registration  of all safe dietary supplements, moving supplement labeling submission requirements that much closer to drug-like regulations that we see in Canada and Europe today.

Call Your Senators Now and ask them to Vote No on Durbin’s Amendment No. 2127!

Tens of thousands of products would have too be removed from store shelves in order to comply with new, completely unwarranted 30-day post market product and label registration requirements!!

Leave a voicemail, or a message with an aide saying that you have learned that there will be a vote today on Senator Durbin’s amendment to S. 3187, one that unfairly targets makers of dietary supplements and that your Senator should oppose it.

Please also ask your Senator to focus instead on holding accountable the duplicitous companies looking to circumvent existing regulations.

Keep an eye on your email box and on www.citizens.org for updates as this issue develops.

Written by

Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor of Citizens for Health and a principal of Gormley NPI Consulting, James Gormley served as the Editor-in-Chief of "Better Nutrition" magazine and Editorial Director of the Vitamin Retailer Magazine group. He also served as the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs officer for Nutrition 21 and attended Codex Alimentarius meetings in Paris and Rome. An award-winning blogger and author of six books, including "Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom," Gormley has been a leading consumer health advocate for nearly 20 years.

4 Responses to “Tell Your Senators to Vote NO TODAY on Durbin’s Amendment No. 2127!”

By Lisa Hassler - 24 May 2012 Reply

Please vote no for Amendment 2127! I’m appalled at how underhanded this was presented!

By Louise Savage - 24 May 2012 Reply

I too am appalled at the backhanded
way our so called Senators are working!

By John Welsh - 28 May 2012 Reply

NO NO NO NO NO on Safety Innovation Act, I have already called and left my message for Ms. Barbara Boxer, are you listening Barbara!????

By Anne Brand - 1 June 2012 Reply

I say no to amendment2127

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