WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) introduced the Natural Product Industry Week Resolution to highlight the contributions of the natural products industry to the American diet and the economy. The resolution designates October 23 through October 29 as “Natural Products Industry Week.”
Eighty percent of Americans reported using dietary supplements in 2021. Demand for natural products in the U.S. has led to the establishment of numerous direct-selling companies that produce and sell natural products. The increased consumption of dietary supplements has created more than 754,000 domestic jobs and generated $121.6 billion in total U.S. economic output, including $38.4 billion in domestic wages.*
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), organizations representing dietary supplement manufacturers, marketers, and ingredient suppliers commended the resolution, noting the importance of dietary supplements and highlighting the natural products industry's contributions to America's health and economy.
“The natural products industry holds a special place in Utah. I remain committed to empowering Utah consumers by ensuring access to these products,” said Sen. Lee. “More options mean more freedom, and I'm proud to sponsor this resolution to recognize the industry's role in bolstering consumers' freedom to choose.”
“The natural products industry is essential to the overall health and wellness, including disease prevention, of the nation. We thank Senators Lee and Sinema for recognizing our industry’s critical role in empowering consumers to make healthcare choices. As champions of the natural products industry, Senators Lee and Sinema have long supported initiatives that allow consumers freedom of choice and access to natural products that will improve their health. We look forward to their continued leadership in keeping FDA accountable on critical industry issues such as NMN, CBD, and enforcement.” -Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., President and CEO of NPA
“Ortho Molecular Products fully supports the resolution introduced by Senators Lee and Sinema to recognize Natural Products Industry Week. We are proud of our more than 30-year history within the dietary supplement industry, and look forward to many more years supporting healthcare practitioners as they work to transform the practice of medicine. We welcome the resolution because it signifies the important place dietary supplements hold within the lives, and health, of millions of Americans.” –Aaron Bartz, President at Ortho Molecular Products, Inc
“The Alliance for Natural Health USA thanks Senators Mike Lee and Kyrsten Sinema for sponsoring this resolution to designate October 22 through October 28, 2023, as “Natural Product Industry Week.” More than 80% of American households use dietary supplements and other natural products. We hope Congress will advance this resolution and recognize the value of these products in helping Americans support their optimum health.” – Gretchen DuBeau, Executive and Legal Director, Alliance for Natural Health USA
“The American Kratom Association, representing the nearly 15 million Americans who consume kratom, strongly support the Natural Products Industry week resolution, and applaud the bi-partisan leadership of Senators Mike Lee and Kyrsten Sinema in recognizing that Americans should have the freedom to make informed choices about products they choose to use to maintain their health and well-being. Americans have spoken loudly on their responsible use of natural products and this resolution will promote the needed understanding of policy makers on the importance of allowing consumers to use natural products they find to be beneficial to them.” – Mac Haddow, Senior Fellow on Public Policy, American Kratom Association
“We are incredibly grateful to Senator Lee for his clear-eyed support of an industry that is important to millions of people around the world and is a space in which U.S. companies provide technology and brand leadership globally.” – The Utah Direct Selling Coalition
*Statistic provided by Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Direct Selling Association, FDA, Nutrition Business Journal, John Dunham & Associates, NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, American Dietetic Association.
For link to the full text of the resolution, click HERE.