SALT LAKE CITY—The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) is honoring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) at a special event Oct. 23 around the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act (DSHEA). In October 1994, DSHEA was passed after Sen. Hatch led a legislative effort which resulted in a law creating the modern dietary supplement industry and ensured continued consumer access to a wide range of safe and regulated nutritional and natural health products.
“In his role as the lead author and the leading proponent of DSHEA, Sen. Hatch paved a pathway for the modern dietary supplement industry," said Loren Israelsen, UNPA president. “The industry and its leadership are joining together to honor his dedication to the health and wellbeing of all Americans and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this landmark legislation."
On Oct. 25, 1994, when President Bill Clinton signed DSHEA into law, Congress had officially recognized the role supplements can play in health promotion and in the prevention of chronic diseases. This comprehensive law established a new statutory framework for dietary supplements, clearly defining them as foods; provided FDA with a number of new authorities to ensure the safety of products; allowed for qualified health claims; called for a new system of GMP (good manufacturing practice) guidelines; and established the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health—a groundbreaking legislative achievement and a lasting legacy to the visionary work of Sen. Hatch.
In recognition of his efforts, UNPA is hosting a tribute luncheon on Oct. 23 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. The day’s program includes the luncheon and a one-hour presentation, highlighted by comments from Sen. Hatch. The luncheon is open to all industry members; registration for the luncheon is $25 and can be completed at http://unpa.com/events. Luncheon sponsorships are available by contacting Kira Olsen, (801)474-2572, [email protected].
UNPA has also supported INSIDER’s “Celebrating 20 Years of DSHEA" Immersion Center, and Israelsen was interviewed for the new documentary, “DSHEA: The Rest of the Story," available online.