Supplements industry injects $4.5bn into Romney presidential campaign19 July 2012
Nutritional and dietary supplements firms have funded Republican candidate Mit Romney’s US presidential campaign to the tune of $4.5 billion.
The funding comes at a time when the industry is in disagreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over plans to introduce more stringent regulation of dietary supplements.
Unlike the pharmaceutical industry, supplements firms are currently exempt from federal review of product safety and effectiveness before they are marketed.
The industry has faced a wave of political pressure to improve standards recently.
Earlier this month, Senators Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal said that they were “deeply concerned about the poor manufacturing standards that expose consumers to potentially serious health risks" and called for the $28 billion industry to state their plans to improve conditions.
Trade associations including the Natural Products Association and Council for Responsible Nutrition defended the safety record and ethical standards of the vast majority of the industry.
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