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DSHEA author reflects on law’s impact and future – podcastDSHEA author reflects on law’s impact and future – podcast

Industry attorney Scott Bass calls for mandatory listing, expert task force to reexamine, redefine DSHEA.

Heather Granato

April 25, 2019

A quarter century ago, Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). One of the lead architects of the original law, attorney Scott Bass, was a champion for the dietary supplement industry, working collaboratively with Sen. Orrin Hatch, Rep. Bill Richardson and industry colleagues like Loren Israelsen to craft a bill that would protect the rights of the industry and consumers. With the power of hindsight, Bass takes on the new dietary ingredient (NDI) provision, appropriate product claims and the need to develop a DSHEA 2.0 to benefit both industry and consumers.

Key points of this podcast include:

  • How the NDI language was drafted and how industry’s failure to play by the rules suggests mandatory listing may be a necessary regulatory change.

  • A discussion of how to incentivize companies to do more clinical research into safety and efficacy of their ingredients and products.

  • Steps that could be put into place to provide more resources to FDA to effectively regulate the industry.

Got feedback? Email Granato at [email protected] or tweet to @NatProdINSIDER using the hashtag #INSIDERPodcast.

Links and Resources:

• Want additional perspective on DSHEA? Listen to a GMP auditor's take in a podcast featuring Tara Lin Couch, Ph.D., and INSIDER’s Sandy Almendarez.

• Looking for the basics on DSHEA? Check out this podcast from INSIDER’s Sandy Almendarez and Josh Long

About the Author(s)

Heather Granato

vice president, content, Informa Markets, Food EMEA division

Heather Granato is a 25-year veteran of the natural products industry, currently serving as the Vice President, Content, in Informa Exhibitions’ Global Health & Nutrition Network. She has been a presenter at events including SupplySide, Vitafoods, Natural Products Expo, the Natural Gourmet Show and the Folio: Show. Her publishing experience includes Natural Products INSIDER, Food Product Design, Country Living's Healthy Living, Natural Foods Merchandiser, Delicious Magazine and WomenOf.com. She was named a 2015 Top Woman in Media by Folio:; received the 2014 Visionary Award from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA); and was awarded the CEO Merit Award for Content from Informa in 2014. Granato graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond, Virginia, in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism; she currently serves as a national vice president for Kappa Alpha Theta women's fraternity.

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