The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus (DSC) recently held its 17th educational briefing, “Sports Health and Fitness: The Role of Dietary Supplements,” for Capitol Hill staff. The event, held in cooperation with five trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry—the American Herbal Products Association, Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Council for Responsible Nutrition, Natural Products Association , and United Natural Products Alliance—featured NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald Jr. of the Arizona Cardinals and Ed Wyszumiala, general manager of NSF International’s Dietary Supplement Certification Programs.

The briefing was one of several that DSC and the supplement industry trade associations hold throughout the year “to provide educational opportunities to ensure that newly elected members of Congress have accurate information about dietary supplements and their role in good health.”

According to the trade groups, key messages included “the significant role dietary supplements play in supporting the nutritional needs of active individuals and athletes, and the importance of good manufacturing practices, product certification and testing programs to help ensure safe dietary supplements for athletes and consumers.” See American Herbal Products Association News Release, May 13, 2013.