SB 779 Halted By California Legislature

--CRN Attributes Defeat to Broad-Based Business Coalition, Grassroots Effort--

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 30, 2004--The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), one of the dietary supplement industry's leading trade associations, commended the California Assembly for actions over the weekend that halted the passage of SB 779, an overreaching attempt to create a mandatory, state-wide AER system for dietary supplements.

The bill, introduced by St. Sen. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough), would have mandated the reporting of all adverse events for dietary supplements (except for those exempted products) and charged industry a fee for the on-going costs associated with the program. In addition, it was estimated that there would have been a start-up cost of approximately $250,000 to be borne by the state.

The bill, originally defeated on Thursday, was brought back to the Assembly floor many times over a nine-hour period between Friday and early Saturday morning, meeting its ultimate demise with a final vote of 37 in favor, 34 opposed, 9 abstentions. (41 affirmative votes were required for passage.)

CRN President Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., stated, "CRN and others in the dietary supplement industry worked energetically to build a broad-based coalition of businesses inside and outside our industry and activated grassroots efforts. We are appreciative that the Assembly recognized the inappropriate consequences of this bill."

Dr. Dickinson continued, "CRN maintains that the most meaningful way to handle adverse event reporting is at a federal level, covering serious events."

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