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FDA Proposes Up to 30,000 Nutritional Supplements Be Removed

FDA Proposes Up to 30,000 Nutritional Supplements Be Removed From the Marketplace With the NDI Draft.

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA), a national grassroots advocacy group based in Washington, DC committed to natural and sustainable healthcare, estimates that between 15,000 and 30,000 nutritional supplements will be permanently removed from the marketplace if FDA is able to implement its New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) Draft Guidance for the supplement industry. "The Natural Products Expo West is an outstanding opportunity for ANH-USA to connect with the 58,0000 attendees of world's largest natural and organic products trade show and ask them to help protect access to vitamin supplements," said Gretchen DuBeau, executive and legal director of ANH-USA.

At issue is the NDI draft guidance, which if implemented, would have disastrous effects on the entire natural health community. A report commissioned by ANH-USA estimates that the proposed FDA regulation would cost nutritional supplement manufacturers and distributors up to $6.1 billion just to meet the onerous new requirements. The report also found that if the new rules are implemented, 52.5% of nutritional supplements currently on the market would be banned from sale, at an annual loss of up to $14.7 billion. "One thing is certain," DuBeau stated. "If the FDA adopts its NDI draft guidance, the disastrous impacts will be felt throughout the entire community--manufacturers, retailers, health practitioners, and consumers will have far fewer choices and far higher costs."

DuBeau noted that many natural health consumers, practitioners, and industry representatives have already voiced their concern. Since the NDI draft guidance was introduced last year, 400,000 messages were sent to Congress and FDA through ANH-USA's efforts. "But we're only just ramping up our efforts. We look forward to the support, the insights, and most important of all, the assistance of the world's largest natural and organic products trade show and its 58,000 attendees," stated DuBeau.

Visit the Alliance for Natural Health USA at the Natural Product Expo West Booth #5914 to learn more about how you can help protect our access to nutritional supplements.

more: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/...ace-with-the-ndi-draft-2012-03-07

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