NNFA Opens D.C. Office

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (May 1, 2003) - In order to expand advocacy efforts with federal legislators and regulators on behalf of its members and the natural products industry, the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) has opened an office in Washington, D.C.

David R. Seckman, NNFA's executive director and CEO, is the first of NNFA staff to relocate to the Washington, D.C. office, which will initially deal primarily with government relations and public affairs. NNFA also maintains an office in Newport Beach, Calif.

"NNFA needs to be on the frontlines to help protect and defend DSHEA [Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act] and other issues critical to the natural products industry," said Seckman. "Opening an office in Washington, D.C. is the first step in building a stronger presence here for the association. It gives us the opportunity for more frequent and personal contact with key legislators and decision makers. And, in light of the heightened legislative and regulatory activities regarding dietary supplements, the timing couldn't be better."

Seckman noted that less than half of the senators and representatives who supported DSHEA in 1994 are still in Congress. "One of our first tasks will be to educate those legislators who may not be aware of or understand the important role DSHEA played in improving the health of all Americans," he said.

NNFA's Washington office will be located in the downtown area at 1220 19th St. N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C., 20036.

The National Nutritional Foods Association (www.nnfa.org) is the nation's largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. NNFA represents nearly 5,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids.

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