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 / REPEATING FROM FRIDAY, SEPT. 18 /
 HATCH AMENDMENT OPENS DOOR TO FRAUDULENT SUPPLEMENT CLAIMS
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- An amendment sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to the House Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education appropriations bill (H.R. 5677) will prevent the government from halting false and misleading health claims for dietary supplements, charged a Washington-based consumer organization.
 In a letter to members of the House of Representatives, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) urged that the amendment to the bill be deleted during deliberations by a conference committee that will meet soon to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the appropriations bill.
 The Hatch amendment exempts dietary supplements, including vitamin and mnineral pills, herbs and similar alternative-medicine products from regulations being issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pursuant to the Nutrition Labeling and Educations Act of 1990 (NLEA). The FDA regulations would prohibit health claims for dietary supplements that are not supported by "significant agreement" within the scientific community.
 The FDA regulations, to be finalized by Nov. 8, 1992, would still apply to health claims for foods, such as breakfast cereals, that may claim to reduce the risk of disease.
 "This amendment provides the supplement industry with a license to continue barraging the public with misleading and potentially dangerous health claims for products ranging from milk thistle extract promoted as providing protection from the ill effects of air pollution to vegetable pills marketed as effective for reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease," Bruce Silverglade of CSPI said.
 "In the rush to pass appropriations bills, the Senate has recklessly allowed an anti-consumer piece of legislation to slip through the cracks, without any hearings or debate. It is ridiculous for scientifically ignorant politicians like Senator Hatch to be overruling the FDA's staff of public health professionals. We can only hope that the House of Representatives will put an end to these shenanigans before it adjourns on Oct. 3," Silverglade said.
 The Center for Science in the Public Interest is a non-profit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971. CSPI is supported by more than 250,000 members, foundation grants and the sale of educational publications.
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 /CONTACT: Bruce Silverglade of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, 202-332-9110/ CO: Center for Science in the Public Interest ST: District of Columbia IN: HEA SU: LEG


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