Today, the Free Speech about Science Act of 2011 was introduced in Congress by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). Please tell Congress how important this bill is!
As we reported last week, a new bill in Congress promises to revolutionize the way Americans get access to scientific research on the health benefits of foods and supplements.
The Free Speech about Science (FSAS) Act, HR 1364, would change FDA regulations so that legitimate, peer-reviewed scientific studies can be referenced without changing the food’s regulatory category to an unapproved drug. This will protect access to scientific information, and will protect your right to know about the healthy benefits of food and food supplements. The bill amends the appropriate sections of current law to allow the flow of legitimate scientific and educational information while still giving FDA and FTC the authority to take action against misleading information and against false and unsubstantiated claims.
You may wish to read our FSAS White Paper, which discusses how even though scientific evidence may indicate that a specific nutrient can prevent, moderate, reverse, or in therapeutic doses cure disease, the American people do not hear about this research because FDA rules prevent food producers from sharing that information.
The Free Speech About Science Act would change all that—and what’s more, the prospects of the bill actually passing this time are much greater. Though it can only happen if you put the pressure on Congress, let them know how vital the bill is, and keep after them until it goes through.
Please contact your congressional representative immediately and ask him or her to co-sponsor and support HR 1364, the Free Speech about Science Act of 2011!
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