CRN Applauds Passage of Farm Bill in U.S. House—Legislation’s inclusion of SNAP Vitamin and Mineral Improvement Act as an amendment grants SNAP recipients the power of choice

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 21, 2018 – In response to the passage of HR 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act (also known as the Farm Bill), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today issued the following statement:

Statement from Steve Mister, president & CEO, CRN: 

“CRN applauds the passage of HR 2 and commends the United States House of Representatives for voting to incorporate HR 3841, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Vitamin and Mineral Improvement Act, as an amendment to the Farm Bill. The latter demonstrates strong bipartisan support for helping Americans who might not otherwise be able to meet their basic nutritional needs—ensuring everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, is able to achieve optimal health and wellness.

HR 2 now includes language that specifically grants SNAP recipients the opportunity and ability to purchase a multivitamin supplement with their program benefits. CRN commends Representative Mike Rogers (R-AL) and original cosponsors Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Mia Love (R-UT), and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) for introducing HR 3841 and applauds Rep. Rogers for offering this crucial amendment to the Farm Bill.

While multivitamins and other nutritional supplements are not a replacement for a healthy diet, these products can help fill nutrient gaps and represent a solution for those looking to improve their nutrition status and ensure their families receive adequate intake of essential vitamins and minerals. 

CRN stands ready to continue working with Congressional leadership so that all Americans may be empowered to reach their full nutrition potential.” 

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 Follow us on Twitter @CRN_Supplements and LinkedIn