NPA Asks New York: Reject Proposal Prohibiting Certain Supplements

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Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) is calling on the New York state legislature to reject a proposal that would prohibit the sale of nutritional supplements like protein powder.

The legislation targets lipotropics, according to a press release from NPA, which are found in healthy and recommended foods, including lean cuts of beef, chicken, turkey, and fish; thermogens, which are found in products containing caffeine; and muscle building supplements including amino acids and vitamin D. The bill’s sponsors claim that there is an association between dietary supplements and eating disorders, making the legislation necessary, but no association has been found.

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Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., President and CEO of NPA, said in the release: “Prohibition of popular consumer products almost never works. Prohibiting the sale of products by licensed retailers in New York will only make consumers more vulnerable to fly-by-night outfits selling fake products and illegal drugs masquerading as supplements. Now is not the time to introduce proposals that harm brick-and-mortar retailers, especially small businesses. We urge the legislature to reject this dangerous proposal.”

NPA has led successful efforts to block similar proposals in Massachusetts and Illinois, the release says. The current grassroots campaign can be found here.

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