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Dietary supplement caucus addresses supplements in sports health and fitness

16-May-2013
Dietary supplement caucus addresses supplements in sports health and fitness
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The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus (DSC), in cooperation with the five dietary supplements trade associations held an educational briefing, “Sports Health and Fitness: The Role of Dietary Supplements,” for Capitol Hill staff.

The briefing – the 17th since the DSC was formed in 2006 – featured NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald Jr. of the Arizona Cardinals, who is also the founder of the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, and Ed Wyszumiala, general manager, NSF International’s Dietary Supplement Certification Programs.

In speaking to the confidence that consumers like Mr. Fitzgerald get when seeing its certification seal on products’ labels, Wyszumiala emphasized NSF’s goal from the very start as being “to develop something that provides the highest level of integrity” as it relates to consumer safety.

NSF’s certification programs – along with other third-party certification programs for the industry, like NPA GMP Certification – assist dietary supplement manufacturers with compliance and demonstrate to consumers that responsible companies produce healthful products, increasing their confidence in the science, safety and quality of dietary supplements that promote “better nutrition, and a better way of life.”

The five trade associations involved are the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the Natural Products Association (NPA), and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA).

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