Legislation Protecting Access to Dietary Supplements Advances in Idaho Legislature

Legislation Protecting Access to Dietary Supplements Advances in Idaho Legislature

Bill Would Codify DSHEA Into Idaho Law

Boise, Idaho– Today, the Idaho State House Health & Welfare, advanced legislation that would codify the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 into Idaho law. The Natural Products Association (NPA) testified in support of the legislation.

“In the past few years, we have fought a number of radical proposals in California, New York, Massachusetts, and other states that unfairly and unnecessarily restrict access to healthy nutritional supplements based on claims that are not grounded in science or fact,” said Kyle Turk, Director of Government Affairs for NPA. “From banning sales altogether to young people and athletes to requiring warning labels on natural products that are found on grocery store shelves, these proposals would hurt consumers and the businesses that serve them.”

“This proposal is the exact opposite because it reflects what consumers want: access to safe supplements that they use regularly. We are extremely grateful for Representative Gallagher’s leadership and look forward to her continued advocacy for the health and wellness community.  NPA is pressing for other states to follow Idaho’s lead in addition to our national push for states to exempt supplements from state sales taxes like Kansas did recently.”

“The dietary supplement industry has a storied history in Idaho and Idahoans rely on these products to be a part of their health and wellness routines,” said Idaho Representative Jacyn Gallagher. “Whether it’s a protein shake after a workout, multivitamins or fish oil, these products are an important part of our way of life and I am proud that my legislation will continue to protect Idahoans personal healthcare choices.”

The Natural Products Association has initiated a grassroots campaign in support of Rep. Gallagher’s H. 82, which can be found here.  To date, the campaign has resulted, in hundreds of communications from state residents in support.  NPA leads the largest national grassroots organization of trade associations that represent the natural products industry.