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NY focuses on supplements safety
January saw a flurry of dietary supplement-related action in the New York State Legislature.

The first bill, S. 938 and A. 2068, was introduced Jan. 12 in both houses. It requires that any dietary or nutritional supplement manufactured or sold in New York carry a statement that the product either has or has not been tested by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration. The bill justification states, "Some manufacturers voluntarily choose to have their products tested by the FDA to insure the integrity of the product. Others do not." The testing would relate to purity of the product only, not to "medicinal attributes."

The second bill, S. 1670 and A. 3357, which was introduced Jan. 24 in both houses, seeks to create a dietary supplements safety committee for the state. The bill states that "roughly 29,000" types of supplements are sold, and "adequate standards and enforcement for manufacturing, safety and effectiveness are necessary to protect the health and well-being of the residents of New York state."

NSF votes on new adverse events section
On the heels of President Bush signing the adverse events reporting bill, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based certification and standards organization NSF International has proposed a new section on AERs to its NSF/American National Standards Institute Standard 173: Dietary Supplements. NSF is accredited by ANSI to develop standards in conjunction with officials, industry groups and consumers affected by the scope of the standard.

"NSF provides an open forum for all stakeholders to ensure that the standards- development process is truly a consensus process," said Lori Bestervelt, Ph.D., NSF's chief technical officer and senior vice president. A comment period on the new section was scheduled to end in late February, followed by a vote on the proposed changes by the NSF Joint Committee on Dietary Supplements.

—B.E.

Organic Summit
A new conference for senior executives in the organics industry will be held June 20 to 22 in Boulder, Colo. The Organic Summit will bring together pioneers and new leaders to address issues facing the organic market. Attendees will discuss topics including sustainable banking and finance, agricultural policy, emerging categories, supply chain and certification issues, marketing and communication. The conference will be produced by New Hope Natural Media, The Natural Foods Merchandiser's parent company, in partnership with the non?profit Organic Farming Research Foundation. For more information, go to www.theorganicsummit.com.

—M.T.S.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVIII/number 3/p. 17

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