CRN Applauds Legislation that Promotes a Safer Dietary Supplement Marketplace

Washington, D.C., November 20, 2019—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today applauded Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for the introduction of legislation that will increase consumer safety and enforcement efforts in the battle against illegal products being mismarketed as dietary supplements. The bill, S.2895 the Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator Control Act of 2019, builds on the success of another landmark piece of legislation, the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2014, by enhancing the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) authority to remove illegal Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs) from the market. 

“CRN has immense appreciation for the bipartisan efforts of Senators Grassley and Whitehouse that led to the introduction of the SARMs Control Act of 2019,” said Steve Mister, president & CEO, CRN. “This dangerous class of ingredients poses a serious threat to consumer safety, as well as the integrity of the legitimate dietary supplement marketplace, and so we call on the entire Congress to take immediate action to get this legislation enacted into law.”

Along with the start of its advocacy efforts to provide the DEA with enforcement authority over SARMs, CRN launched a consumer education initiative to raise awareness among consumers, specifically those in the bodybuilding and fitness communities, about the dangers of SARMs. CRN features on its website a #SARMSCanHarm toolkit of downloadable and shareable content on SARMs and provides tips on how athletes can protect themselves from products containing these illicit ingredients. The initiative follows warnings from the Food & Drug Administration about SARMs and supports efforts by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to alert athletes to the dangers of SARMs.   

Note to Editor: The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing 150+ dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and companies providing services to those manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements and food in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety, our manufacturer and supplier members also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as to CRN’s Code of Ethics. Visit www.crnusa.org. Follow us on Twitter @CRN_SupplementsFacebook, and LinkedIn.