Natural Products Association engages members of Congress during Natural Products Day

Natural Products Association engages members of Congress during Natural Products Day

The Natural Products Association (NPA) hosted industry stakeholders and supporters from Alaska to Florida at the 14th Annual Natural Products Day in Washington, D.C. on April 6.

The Natural Products Association (NPA) hosted industry stakeholders and supporters from Alaska to Florida at the 14th Annual Natural Products Day in Washington, D.C., on April 6. Attendees, who included a wide range of retailers, manufacturers and suppliers, met with members of Congress and their staffs about the industry and NPA’s legislative priorities, all of which promote greater consumer access to and awareness of natural products. “We are delighted that so many NPA members and others in the industry took time out from their stores and companies to come to Washington, D.C., to educate their elected officials,” said NPA executive director and CEO John Gay. “Coupled with NPA’s lobbying and grassroots efforts, Natural Products Day helps us educate a new Congress, in which about one in five legislators are new to the job.”

The day began with an issue briefing and advocacy training session. Attendees then spent the afternoon in meetings with lawmakers and key staff members from their districts and states. During their meetings, lawmakers were educated on the extensive regulatory structure governing dietary supplements, and on the health and economic benefits of the industry. They also learned about the NPA’s growing Natural Seal certification program, which now covers more than 600 health and beauty and homecare products and ingredients. On the legislative front, attendees asked Congress to support the Tax Equity for Meal Replacements and Supplements Act, which would allow Flexible Spending Account (FSA) dollars to be used for supplements and meal replacements that are permitted to make health claims. In addition, lawmakers were asked to oppose the Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) Abuse Reduction Act, which would needlessly place DHEA behind the counter, providing no benefit to consumers. The day ended with a packed evening reception on Capitol Hill, where attendees, legislators and staff mixed and mingled. At the reception, NPA presented Congressional Champion

Awards to the following legislators:

  *   Representative Dan Burton of Indiana

  *   Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah

  *   Representative Michael Enzi of Wyoming

  *   Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa

  *   Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah

  *   Representative Jared Polis of Colorado

  *   Senator Jon Tester of Montana

Senators Harkin and Hatch and Representative Burton addressed the group, expressing their support for the industry and appreciation for this honor. NPA will continue to work with all members across party lines to strengthen the industry’s position in Congress. Learn how to get involved at www.npainfo.org.

The Natural Products Association (NPA), founded in 1936, is the largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. NPA represents over 1,900 members accounting for more than 10,000 locations of retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids. As the leading voice of the natural products industry, the NPA’s mission is to advocate for the rights of consumers to have access to products that will maintain and improve their health, and for the rights of retailers and suppliers to sell these products. Visit www.NPAInfo.org

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