DSHEA 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, VP, Partnerships & Sustainability

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

VP, Partnerships & Sustainability, Informa Markets, Food EMEA division

Heather Granato is a 30-year veteran of the natural products industry, currently serving as vice president, partnerships & sustainability, in the Food EMEA division of Informa Markets. She is based in London, and leads efforts related to industry partnerships and broader sustainability initiatives for the Vitafoods and Food ingredients brands. She has been a presenter at events including SupplySide, Vitafoods, Food ingredients, Natural Products Expo, the Natural Gourmet Show and the Folio: Show. Her publishing experience includes Natural Products Insider, Food Product Design, Vitafoods Insights, Country Living's Healthy Living, Natural Foods Merchandiser, Delicious Magazine and WomenOf.com. Granato serves as the founding president of Women In Nutraceuticals, a global non-profit founded in 2022 focused on empowering women in the nutraceutical industry; she is also on the board of directors for the Organic & Natural Health Association. From 2016 to 2022, she was a vice president on the national governing board of Kappa Alpha Theta women’s fraternity. Granato was named to the FOLIO: 100 list of top media professionals in 2018, and was selected as a 2015 Top Woman in Media by FOLIO:. She received the 2014 Visionary Award and the 2018 Journalistic Excellence Award from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA); and was honored with the CEO Merit Award for Content from Virgo in 2014. Granato graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond, Virginia, in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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