Washington, D.C. – The Natural Products Association today (NPA) called on New York Governor Kathy Hochul to veto Assembly Bill 5610-D, which would restrict access to safe nutritional products including weight management and sports nutrition supplements for individuals under the age of 18. NPA’s statement is below:
“Unfortunately, the NY state assembly and senate has once again chosen to ignore the facts in this matter and wrongfully implicate supplements. As we have been pointing out for years in testimony, testimony that led to a similar bill being vetoed prior by the governor, there is no data point, no adverse events at FDA that provide any associational link on dietary supplements to eating disorders. After getting the last bill vetoed, now these lawmakers have doubled down in an even worse manner by unscientifically targeting ingredients like creatine, one on the most well studied and researched chemicals on the planet, to limit all New Yorkers choices when it comes to self-care with natural products. Watching governments go from ‘trust the science’ to completely ignoring the science is why people have lost faith in those institutions. People want a say in maintaining their health and wellness. This is NOT over, similar to the last bill that passed to restrict supplements, we still have a window, albeit a smaller one to have our voices heard. We urge all in New York who are in the industry, or have it as an integral part of their self-care regimen to go to www.npanational.org and click take action and tell the assembly and the governor’s office that creatine isn’t a crime, nor are any of the other ingredients in the horrible policy. New York legislators must respect our choices in the marketplace as governed by the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act when it comes to staying healthy. NPA was the only trade association to request a veto on the dietary supplement restrictions prior from S16/A431, we are asking for cooler head to prevail again as they did last year when Governor Hochul vetoed these restrictive proposals, nothing has changed in this proposal that would satisfy her questions raised in the prior veto. Limiting safe and healthy options when it comes to self-care should have no place in New York or any legislative body.”
The link to the letter requesting a veto can be found here.