Congressmen write "Dear Colleague" letter in support of March 27 DSEA event on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON – March 21, 2007- Four prominent members of Congress who formed the Dietary Supplement Caucus have distributed a "Dear Colleague" letter to all 535 members of Congress inviting them to a luncheon and presentation organized by the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance (DSEA) next week in Washington. The event is designed to update members of the industry, members of Congress and other interested parties on the health care cost-savings potential of dietary supplements, as well as the latest research in the field.

Reps. Chris Cannon (R-Utah), Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Dan Burton (R-Ind.) and Ed Townes (D-N.Y.) signed the letter that asked members of Congress and their staffs to attend the event and to join the Dietary Supplement Caucus. The lunch briefing takes place Tuesday, March 27, 1pm - 2:30pm in the House Rayburn building, room B-369. Speakers include Dr. Joan DaVanzo of The Lewin Group, Dr. Dan Fabricant of the Natural Products Association, and Dr. Steven Dentali of the American Herbal Products Association. Industry members are encouraged to attend.

For more information about the event contact Deb Knowles at 941-349-9044 or [email protected].

About DSEA:
DSEA is a coalition of industry leaders whose mission is to educate consumers, media and policymakers on the benefits of dietary supplements for optimizing health and prevention of disease, with a focus on their safety, efficacy and regulation. Its donors include nutritional and dietary supplement suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and publishers.

Since its inception five years ago, DSEA has generated millions of media impressions increasing public awareness of the benefits of nutritional supplements through its education project, the Dietary Supplement Information Bureau (DSIB). In addition to media outreach, DSEA has produced a Web site,, which has become a well-known resource for objective information about nutritional supplements accessed on an ongoing basis by media, consumers, health professionals and legislators.

DSEA board members include the American Herbal Products Association, The Canadian Health Food Association, Capsugel, Herbalife (HLF), NBTY, the Natural Products Association, Natrol, Inc.(NTOL), New Hope Natural Media/Penton Media, Virgo Publishing and the Vitamin Shoppe.

For information, contact Deb Knowles by phone 941-349-9044 or e-mail [email protected].

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