Send a letter to your Representative asking them to support the Health Freedom Protection Act (H.R. 4282).
The FDA™s approval process for informational labeling of food-based health claims has been so slow and uncertain that very little meaningful health information
is making its way to food and dietary supplement consumers. In two years, only nine products have received approval to be labeled with qualified health claims, and no applications have yet been received by the FDA this year. A bill has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives that would give consumers access to truthful, non-misleading health information. The Health Freedom Protection Act, H.R. 4282, was introduced in the U.S. House on Wednesday, November 9th, 2005.
The purpose of this bill is to amend the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to ensure that: 1. Accurate health claims are not suppressed 2. Consumers are given truthful and full information about the science supporting the health-enhancing effects of foods and dietary supplements (including scientific evidence that foods, dietary supplements and dietary ingredients may provide benefits relating to the
cure, mitigation, treatment and prevention of disease (not drug effects). 3. The FDA honors the intent of the Congress to not censor accurate health claims Passage of The Health Freedom Protection Act, H.R. 4282, would yield more health information on the foods and supplements we buy, potentially cutting our drug costs by educating us about natural alternatives. H.R. 4282 would not encourage companies to provide false hope but, on the contrary, would instead finally provide consumers more science-based information rather than less. H.R. 4282 would not weaken the FDA?s and FTC?s enforcement powers but would instead strengthen consumers? access to truthful, science-supported and non-misleading health information. H.R. 4282 would not take away anything but would instead give consumers the breadth and depth of information that is true to the spirit and intent of the laws which support and defend consumers? rights to science-supported health information.