Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), a noted champion of natural supplements, has announced he will not seek re-election in 2018. The announcement came last week. He may even retire before his term ends.
As one of natural health’s foremost advocates in Congress, we are sad to see him go. Rep. Chaffetz was a staunch supporter of consumer access to dietary supplements, both in principle and in action. He weighed in with the FDA numerous times over the years against the agency’s disastrous new dietary ingredient (NDI) guidance.
The congressman also fought repeatedly for free speech rights and the right of consumers to have access to truthful scientific information about the benefits of natural products by sponsoring the Free Speech About Science Act.
It’s no secret that Big Pharma has many allies in Congress—not to mention within the FDA—and it has tremendous influence over the formation of healthcare policy in this country. Rep. Chaffetz stands among our country’s most effective and vocal champions for natural health issues, and he will be sorely missed when he leaves office.
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