Sacramento, California—California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed congressional bill 1341As Whole Foods Magazine reportedCalifornia Bill AB-1341: Dietary supplements and over-the-counter diet pills for weight loss Called for restricting access to dietary supplements.
Newsom said in a veto letter that the bill would prevent retailers from selling, giving away, or selling weight loss dietary supplements and over-the-counter diet pills to anyone under the age of 18 without a prescription or valid identification. I was told not to provide it. purchase. AB-1341 also requires the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to establish a list of dietary supplements subject to such restrictions.
Newsom outlines reasons for vetoing bill Said: “This bill raises important public health issues related to the safety of diets and weight-loss drugs that can cause injury, so I applaud the work of the authors. is not considered a drug, this action would require CDPH to evaluate the safety of individual weight loss and dietary supplement products, which is beyond the department’s capabilities.”
As for the next steps, Newson said:
- Asked CDPH to form a workgroup including academic and medical professionals to develop public policy recommendations on how best to educate public health on the topic of supplements for weight loss.
- CDPH will work with Congress in its next session to address marketing age limits and other potential legislative measures to promote responsible marketing of dietary supplements for weight loss and over-the-counter diet pills that do not require state enforcement. Be prepared to deal with Long and costly pharmacological studies on many of the supplements on the market today.
The Natural Products Association (NPA), which worked to combat the bill and spearheaded a grassroots campaign to mobilize industry members, said the veto “is a big win for America’s consumers, free enterprise, and thousands of small businesses.” said. Large company in California. The NPA pointed to the greater impact of the bill, explaining that “the brick-and-mortar retailers would have needed to post.” A warning sign at the purchase counter indicating that dietary supplements are known to cause serious toxic substances Events involving stroke, organ failure, and even death despite lack of scientific evidence Claim. The bill did not have similar warning requirements for online sales. ”
NPA has taken several actions to combat AB-1314
“This is a decisive win for California’s consumers, the natural products industry and science,” said NPA President and CEO Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D. “The bill’s proponents, like STRIPED, used a series of completely false claims and zero science to thwart this Governor Newsom and his team investigated the facts and made the correct call. NPA members played a major role in persuading him by sending thousands of messages clarifying their opposition.While I am very grateful to Governor Newsom for listening to the science, the fact that other states need to take note now and make sure we never see these draconian policies again is the fact that remain Sunlight. The NPA is still fighting to keep similar proposals out of law in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Missouri and Rhode Island. ”
AHPA and CRN Sign Bill Sponsors
Also sharing the news of the denial, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) said in the past two years, they trade groups “We have worked closely and directly with Congressman Cristina Garcia, who sponsored the bill, to present the interests of consumers and the responsible sports nutrition industry.”
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) noted that while CRN opposed the first version of AB-1341, the group said, “Rather than imposing categorical limits on dietary supplements, the CDPH should label products individually.” We have worked with Congressman Garcia to arrive at a revised version that we require to be evaluated.” CRN said the revised version of the bill “removed liability for retail store clerks and removed access restrictions to affected products contained in the original law.” When the bill with these changes passed the Senate, CRN withdrew its dissent and took a neutral stance.
Julia Gustafson, CRN’s Vice President of Government Relations, said: She appreciates her willingness to include practical measures in the final version of the bill, which limits scope and removes over-the-counter restrictions. We expect this bill, or a similar proposal, to be reconsidered during the next legislative session. CRN stands ready to work with legislators to ensure that this legislation is reintroduced in a manner that responsibly balances consumer safety and public access to dietary supplements. it’s finished. ”
about grassroots campaign Dr. Fabricant of the NPA, which is designed to counter AB-1314 (in addition to opposing similar proposals in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Missouri and Rhode Island) said: industry. The NPA’s grassroots network has sent more than 10,000 emails and phone calls to Governor Newsom and Congress appealing against AB-1341. ”