Peggy's Natural Foods Takes Issues to Capitol Hill for Natural Products Day!
Stuart, Florida – April 4, 2006 – On March 27, 2007, Peggy Ranger of Peggy’s Natural Foods located in Stuart, Florida, met with her representatives in the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. as part of the 10th annual, Natural Products Day. This yearly event, sponsored by the Natural Products Association, was designed to educate members of Congress about public policy issues in regard to the natural products industry.
“I received very positive feedback about co-sponsoring bills that affect the natural products industry and the health of all Americans, including raising the standards for school nutrition and joining the dietary supplement caucus in the House,” said Ranger.
Ranger, along with other members of association, specifically asked legislators to support several bills, including:
• Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act, S.771 and H.R. 1363, bill aimed at improving the nutrition and health of schoolchildren.
• Food Stamp Vitamin and Mineral Improvement Act, S 770, a bill to allow the inclusion of vitamin and mineral supplements in food stamps.
• Dietary Supplement and Healthy Meal Replacement Tax Parity Act, H.R. 1107 a bill that would allow Americans with HSAs and FSAs to purchase certain dietary supplements that have FDA-approved health claims.
The participants opposed any ban on the safe and beneficial dietary supplement DHEA due to efforts to mistakenly classify it as an anabolic steroid, which it clearly is not. In fact, science has shown that DHEA has no effect on young, healthy adults. Science has also shown that DHEA can help older Americans with bone and muscle loss due to aging.
The industry also objected to any changes to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, urging Congress instead to support its full implementation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Ranger has owned and operated Peggy’s Natural Foods, a leading store on the Treasure coast of Florida, since 1982. She is a licensed Certified Nutritionist and has a Masters Degree in Exceptional child Education. Peggy has served on the board of the Southeast Natural Products Association, since 1994 and has served as treasurer since 1999.
Founded in 1936, the Natural Products Association is the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. The Natural Products Association represents more than 10,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids.