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Nutritional Health Products Lobbying in Washington

Last week, I joined fellow Swanson Health Products employee Kari G. on a trip to Washington D.C.  It was my first attempt at lobbying.  Kari and I joined other members of the Coalition for Dietary Supplements to meet with Senate and House staff members.  We wanted to communicate our position on segments of the McCain bill that were being considered as amendments to an upcoming food safety bill.  We are proud of our company and the vitamins and health supplements industry and wanted to make our opinion known to our elected representatives.

Overall, I was impressed with the time and attention given to us.  The staff members seemed open to listening to our side of the story.  It was interesting to me that some staff members seemed to operate from the assumption that health supplement products are not regulated, while others had a full understanding of the FDA and FTC's regulatory authority over our industry

One common theme we heard from multiple offices was that our consumers are vocal.  People are interested in natural health and nutritional health products, and they don't want congress to limit their natural health choices.  Thank you for being the true voice of our industry, and please keep up the good work!

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