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FDA TO ANNOUNCE PROPOSED RULES FOR SUPPLEMENTS

 WASHINGTON, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The 100 million consumers who use dietary supplements each year can expect numerous label changes on these products soon. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will announce proposed rules on mandatory nutrition supplement labeling, nutrient content, health claims and label standards on June 15. Final regulations will be published by December 1993.
 "Scientific evidence clearly defines a role for dietary supplements in health promotion and disease prevention," said J.B. Cordaro, president of the Council for Responsible Nutrition. "FDA should propose rules that recognize the emerging science and allow consumers access to accurate information they need to make healthy, informed dietary choices, while ensuring safe, high quality products."
 The Dietary Supplement Act of 992 imposed a one-year moratorium on FDA's mandate to implement the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) of 1990 for dietary supplements and required proposed rules no later than June 15. The act allowed FDA to approve health claims for dietary supplements in four areas specified in the NLEA. However, the agency has not approved any of them.
 The four claim areas are antioxidant vitamins and cancer prevention; folic acid and neural tube birth defects; omega-3 fatty acids and heart disease; and zinc and immune function in the elderly.
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 /NOTE: To help the media prepare stories on this important consumer issue, CRN can recommend health and nutrition experts to answer questions on various supplement issues. Please call the CRN office for more information. CRN would be pleased to help set up interviews on these supplement issues. Likewise, CRN would welcome an opportunity to discuss these matters in detail./
 /CONTACT: Susan Fitzgerald of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, 202-872-1488/


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