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Senator Hatch Honored on 20th Anniversary of DSHEA

Bob Nelson

Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch was honored by United Natural Products Alliance at a special luncheon event in Salt Lake City Thursday. The Utah-based UNPA has members in the worldwide food supplement industry. The compounded sales growth of the dietary supplements industry in Utah is reported to be nearly 11% per year since 1992. Senator Hatch sponsored the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, or DSHEA,  that officials say transformed the industry.  Then President Bill Clinton signed it into law on October 25th, 1994. Loren Israelsen is president of UNPA. He says his organization worked very closely with Senator Hatch in the early 90’s forming the legislation.

“And this is a very important and appropriate moment to pause and celebrate a remarkable landmark…well, it’s been not amended in 20 years, that itself is remarkable,” says Israelsen.

Senator Hatch says the law was about fairness and about allowing access to what has been tremendous growth in the variety of products.

Credit Bob Nelson
Poster of sponsors of luncheon at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City honoring Senator Orrin Hatch.

“A bill that really protects the industry but also protects the public and so everybody knows what they gotta do to provide decent, honorable, workable, and health dietary supplements,” the senior Senator says.

Hatch says for decades the Food and Drug Administration had been heavy-handed with the industry by trying repeatedly to create restrictions. He used the example of folic acid supplements which were recommended by the CDC to prevent birth defects while the FDA refused to allow supplement manufacturers to use that information. Hatch says he and nearly everyone he knows takes daily dietary supplements and he plans to continue his work to keep regulations on the industry at bay.

NOTE: This article was edited from the original posting to correct inaccuracies about the type of event held and the reported growth of the food supplement industry, making it more specific to Utah compounded growth. 

Bob Nelson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in mass communications. He began his radio career at KUER in 1978 when it was still in Kingsbury Hall. That’s also where he met his wife, Maria Shilaos, in 1981. Bob left KUER for commercial radio where he worked for 25 years, and he is thrilled to be back at KUER. Bob and his family are part of an explorer group, fondly known as The Hordes and Masses, which has been seeking out ghost towns and little-known places in Utah for more than twenty years.
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