Dietary Supplement Safety Act

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A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to more effectively regulate dietary supplements that may pose safety risks unknown to consumers.

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The Dietary Supplement Safety Act ([1]) introduced on February 4, 2010 gives the Food and Drug Administration more authority to regulate the sale of dietary supplements.[1]



The Dietary Supplement Safety Act requires manufacturers of dietary supplements to:

  • register with the DFA
  • fully disclose ingredients in the supplements
  • report all adverse effects from supplements

The bill also:

  • gives the FDA the authority to recall any supplement that has been found to have serious adverse health consequences[2]

The bill serves as a significant overhaul to the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act governing food and medicine. Under the DSHEA, medicine faces stricter regulation than food but a loophole allows “supplements” to be categorized as food and undergo the more lax regulation. [3]


Senate action

Sen. John McCain [R, AZ] introduced the bill on February 4, 2010. It has been read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.[4] In early March, McCain withdrew his support for the bill after after hearing compaints from Sen. Orrin Hatch [R, UT].[5]

Articles and resources


  1. OpenCongress' info page on the Dietary Supplement Safety Act
  2. OpenCongress' bill text page on the Dietary Supplement Safety Act
  3. OpenCongress' blog post on the Dietary Supplement Safety Act
  4. OpenCongress' bill action page on the Dietary Supplement Safety Act
  5. Over the Counter Today McCain Withdraws Support For Dietary Supplement Safety Act

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