On February 4, 2010 Senator John McCain introduced the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010 into Congress. The bill was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
The intent of the bill is to regulate dietary supplements.
The bill firstly defines a “Dietary Supplement Facility” as any business or operation engaged in manufacturing, packaging, holding, distributing, labeling, or licensing a dietary supplement for consumption in the United States.
A dietary supplement facility shall register with the Secretary the name and address of each facility at which, and all trade names under which, the dietary supplement registrant conducts business. At the time of registration, the dietary supplement registrant shall also file with the Secretary a list of all dietary supplements manufactured, packaged, held, distributed, labeled, or licensed by the facility. Such list shall be prepared in such form and manner as the Secretary may prescribe, and shall be accompanied by a full list of the ingredients contained in each dietary supplement, and a copy of the labeling used by the facility for each dietary supplement.
The registrant shall update the registration annually.
Evidence of Compliance- A dietary supplement facility or retailer shall, prior to manufacturing, packaging, holding, distributing, labeling, or licensing the dietary supplement, obtain adequate written evidence that the product is registered and requirements have been met. Evidence of compliance shall be available upon request by the Secretary.
Any person who manufacturers, packages, holds, distributes, labels, or licenses a dietary supplement in violation may, in addition to other penalties imposed be fined not more than twice the gross profits or other proceeds derived from the manufacture, packaging, holding, distribution, labeling, or license of such dietary supplement.’.
Non-serious adverse events during the preceding year shall be submitted to the Secretary annually. Records shall be maintained for 3 years.
Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona was born in 1936. He’s served in Congress since 1982, first in the House of Representatives (two terms) then as a Senator (four terms). Prior to his elected positions in DC he served as a Naval pilot and consequently spent nearly a decade as a POW in Vietnam. Senator McCains’ father and grandfather both rose to the rank of four-star admirals in the Navy.
Democrat Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota co-sponsored the bill. Born in 1942 he served as the North Dakota Tax Commissioner from 1969-1980 before moving to Congress. He served the US House of Representatives for five terms (1981-1992) before being elected into the Senate. He is currently serving his third term in the Senate (1992-present). Dorgan is said to be one of the most powerful Democrats in the US Senate
S 3002 <— read the entire bill