September 19, 2021

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New York bill to restrict supplement sales fails to progress in state assembly

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As reported last week by NutraIngedients-USA​, the bill would prevent the sale of “over-the-counter diet pills and dietary supplements for weight loss or muscle building”​ to minors.  The bill would mandate a fine of up to $2,000 for each violation. If enacted, the proposals would have restricted access to two broad categories of dietary supplements and functional food – sports nutrition and weight management products.

Designated as S.16, the bill was sponsored by Democratic State Sen. Shelly Mayer, who advanced the bill out of committee without a final vote directly to the Senate floor via an obscure parliamentary procedure called a Discharge Motion. This also prevented industry stakeholders from testifying in opposition to the bill. A Discharge Motion is reportedly used in some cases where a bill has opposition in committee but has languished beyond the 60-day deadline for action.

The bill then moved to the state Assembly as A.431, where lawmakers had until June 10 to vote and pass the bill. However, the legislature adjourned early the morning of June 11 without bringing the bill for discussion, thereby ending any prospect for passage in this legislative session.

“A much-needed victory”

Dietary supplement trade associations were quick to welcome the news of the bill’s demise.

The Natural Products Association (NPA) launched a grassroots campaign against the bill, which over 3,000 letters in opposition to S.16/A.431

Daniel Fabricant, PhD, NPA President and CEO, said: “NPA invests significant times and resources in protecting the industry against wrongheaded proposals like this one. Had this legislation been enacted, it would have cost the industry hundreds of millions of dollars in compliance. We are thrilled NPA was once again able to get the industry a much-needed victory.”

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