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GMP Regs Caught in Limbo

WASHINGTON--According to a story reported by media outlet Reuters, the proposed Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) regulations are being put on pause as the Bush Administration continues to set up shop. At the moment, the regulations are ready for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

This announcement came earlier this week, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was addressing the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) at the organization's Natural Foods Lobby Day in Washington. "It was our intent that [the regulations] would be gone by now. It really is frozen in time at this point," said Christine Lewis, who directs FDA's Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling and Dietary Supplements. She added that the regulations had inevitably been "caught up in the change of administrations." The organic industry's proposed rule almost fell prey to the change in administrations, even though it had already been published in the Federal Register. However, Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman stepped in to keep the organic regs on schedule.

"What happened was that any pending regulation went back to the agency [FDA]," said Tracy Taylor, the communications director at NNFA. "To the consumer out there who says 'Oh, I read a lot that dietary supplements are unregulated and they need greater regulation,' she will now understand that [GMPs] are stuck in red tape at the moment." For additional information, visit www.nnfa.org.

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