Target: U.S. Congress and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Goal: Ensure all dietary supplements are properly regulated by the FDA.
It goes without saying that dietary supplements, whether they be a source of ‘vitamins’ or an aid to weight loss, have captivated our generation. As any food or medication is tested by the FDA before it is put out on the market, dietary supplements are not. The FDA does not consider dietary supplements as food or drug so they are not tested within the same regulations. The FDA is extremely lax on the production and consumption of these supplements, which have been proven to be dangerous.
Leading scientists discourage the usage of supplements for they say the actual benefits that are proposed do not withstand scientific experimentation. The Vitamin/Herbal supplement industry is very lucrative, a now $23 billion per year enterprise. It is with such funding that this industry has been able to slide under the radar of governmental regulatory actions such as, The Dietary Supplement Labeling Act and the Dietary Supplement Safety Act. If passed, these Acts would require manufacturers to register their products through the FDA, both have failed in Congress. As stated on the FDA’s website, “The FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement product after it reaches the market.” Seeing as though many supplements are made in China where the governance of production is very lenient, the fact that the government won’t step in until after problems occur with the public is severely irresponsible.
By signing the petition below you will exhort Congress to stop putting its citizens lives in danger by making it mandatory for all manufacturers in the dietary supplement industry to register their products with the FDA.
Dear U.S. Congress & The Food and Drug Administration,
Dietary supplements have become a critical aspect to our modern society. From the daily multivitamin to the many ways to lose weight or prevent illness. Such miracle drugs have taken the medical market by storm, and yet there is no real safety regulations for these supplements.
Various scientific institutions have warned the general public against dietary supplements for their proposed benefits do not withstand scientific inspection. This is proven to be very dangerous for public consumption, and the fact that many aren’t educated on this matter makes it all the worse.
An effective way to ensure the safety of consumption for such supplements, is to require all manufacturers to register their products with the FDA. For as it is now, the FDA only has authority to step in after these products have entered the consumer market.
I truly implore you to make it mandatory that producers of all dietary supplements submit their merchandise with the FDA, and in turn the FDA use the same regulations as they would test any food or drug. It is imperative for the health of our general public.
[Your Name Here]