Consumers’ access to essential dietary supplements is at risk of being taken away. Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, the government gave individual manufacturers the control of developing and distributing dietary supplements. The DSHEA is now being challenged and if new laws become effective, dietary supplements will become subject to regulations and several products may become eliminated all together.
Bill Abraham and Sandy Ochsner, owners of Mountain Valley Health Foods in Franklin, are opposed to the new regulations because they believe it is taking away a basic right. “The worst part about the new regulations is they are trying to take away our right to choose,” said Ochsner. “We can choose to go out and buy things like beer and cigarettes, but they are trying to regulate what natural products we have access to.”