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DSHEA: Dietary Supplement Health and Education

While not widely known, "DSHEA" is a federal statute that has direct bearing on the production, distribution and labeling of dietary supplements. Passed into legislation in 1994, DSHEA allows wide latitude in the sale and use of supplements. Supporting and strengthening DSHEA means dietary supplements will continue to be widely available and competitively priced, a benefit to all who make or use them. Passed in large part through the activism of dietary supplement consumers, DSHEA is well worth learning about.

FDA's Summary of DSHEA
vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/dietsupp.html

Full text of DSHEA at HealthWorld Online www.healthy.net/public/legal-lg/fedregs/S784_ENR.HTM

NNFA's Analysis of DSHEA
www.nnfa.org/services/government/comments/dshea.htm

 

   
 

Other Links:

Consumer empowerment:

Information about specific supplements

Consumer publications & information

Consumer advocacy groups

Healthcare practitioners and alternative medicine

Suppliers of high-quality supplements

Sources of research information:

General scientific research information

Databases of scientific literature

Monographs

NCCAM research on specific health issues

Ethnobotanical information (Use of plants by indigenous peoples)

Industry resources:

Trade organizations

Trade publications

Government regulation:

DSHEA: Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act

US government agencies

Codex Alimentarius Commission (UN)

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