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History of FDA oversight of dietary supplements – podcast

In part one of this podcast, veteran lawyer Peter Barton Hutt of Covington & Burling LLP reflects on FDA’s role over the decades in regulating dietary supplements and efforts to impose restrictions that were stymied time and again.

Josh Long

August 15, 2019

History of FDA oversight of dietary supplements – podcast

Natural Products INSIDER's Josh Long interviewed attorney Peter Barton Hutt of Covington & Burling LLP to discuss FDA's role over dietary supplements in the 20th century and the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

In part one of this podcast, Hutt discusses: 

FDA's attempts over several decades to impose restrictions on dietary supplements that were stymied time and again; 

The agency's chief concerns over dietary supplements; 

Formation of an industry trade group in the 1970s; and

FDA's leadership under David Kessler in the 1990s. 

Editor's note: To tune into the second part of the podcast and read about what Hutt had to say about DSHEA, click here

Got feedback? Email Josh at [email protected] or tweet to @NatProdINSIDER using the hashtag #INSIDERpodcast


About the Author(s)

Josh Long

Associate editorial director, Natural Products Insider, Informa Markets Health and Nutrition

Josh Long directs the online news, feature and op-ed coverage at Natural Products Insider, which targets the health and wellness industry. He has been reporting on developments in the dietary supplement industry for over a decade, with a special focus on regulatory issues, including at the Food and Drug Administration.

He has moderated and/or presented at industry trade shows, including SupplySide East, SupplySide West, Natural Products Expo West, NBJ Summit and the annual Dietary Supplement Regulatory Summit.

Connect with Josh on LinkedIn and ping him with story ideas at [email protected]

Education and previous experience

Josh majored in journalism and graduated from Arizona State University the same year "Jake the Snake" Plummer led the Sun Devils to the Rose Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law, was admitted in 2008 to practice law in the state of Colorado and spent a year clerking for a state district court judge.

Over more than a quarter century, he’s written on various topics for newspapers and business-to-business publications – from the Yavapai in Arizona and a controversial plan for a nuclear-waste incinerator in Idaho to nuanced issues, including FDA enforcement of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

Since the late 1990s, his articles have been published in a variety of media, including but not limited to, the Cape Cod Times (in Massachusetts), Sedona Red Rock News (in Arizona), Denver Post (in Colorado), Casper Star-Tribune (in Wyoming), now-defunct Jackson Hole Guide, Colorado Lawyer (published by the Colorado Bar Association) and Nutrition Business Journal.

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