CRN Supplements Its Legislative Efforts

-Brings New Lobbying Firm on Board-

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 15, 2004 -- The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), one of the dietary supplement industry's leading trade associations, has hired the prestigious lobbying firm of Bergner, Bockorny, Castagnetti & Hawkins to assist in its on-going legislative efforts.

The firm's charge will be to strengthen CRN's Congressional outreach and education efforts, which focus on the positive health benefits of supplements and the need for fuller implementation of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).

According to CRN President Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., "We want to engage in broader, constructive dialogues about our industry and the important role dietary supplements play in helping prevent disease and promoting good health. CRN already has an active legislative program in place, and the addition of an outside lobbying firm strengthens our ability to build relationships with more Congressional leaders."

Bergner, Bockorny is highly respected for its bi-partisan connections that reach across both houses of Congress. Jay Hawkins and Melissa Schulman, with their combined 30 years of experience in public policy and as Congressional staffers, will spearhead efforts for the firm. They will work closely with Mike Greene, CRN's director of government relations.

The firm has initially been brought on for a one-year period, but it is anticipated that the relationship will become a long-term effort. Says Dr. Dickinson, "One thing we've learned from all the legislative activity that took place in the first half of the 108th Congress is that we need to educate Congressional offices about our industry, our consumers, our science-based products, and the appropriate regulatory framework DSHEA provides for dietary supplements."


The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing dietary supplement industry ingredient suppliers and manufacturers. CRN members adhere to a strong code of ethics, comply with dosage limits and manufacture dietary supplements to high quality standards under good manufacturing practices.

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