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Animal Supplement Ban

UPDATE: 12-30-02 by Bill Bookout/NASC President

Hi Lisa:

Thanks for the note and the continued interest in this very complex issue. I have attached a word document (Included in links below) from a presentation I gave at a recent Veterinary Meeting which should provide an overview and status update. Here are some developments since this presentation:

- NASC continues to work cooperatively with both FDA/CVM and AAFCO to address the issue which, hopefully will produce outcomes that are int he best interests of all involved.

- We have a meeting scheduled with FDA on January 7th, 2003 to specifically discuss supplements and how they are treated from a regulatory perspective. Currently, as you probably know, they are either Animal Feeds or Drugs, neither of which fairly deal with the issues given the landscape, consumer demand and other business influences.

- We also have been invited to give a presentation on January 22 at the AAFCO mid year meeting in Tucson, AZ.

- We will submit our second Ingredient Definition to FDA/CVM for MSM (which will cover dogs, cats and horses not intended for human consumption) by the end of this month.

- Further information for Comfrey, the targeted ingredient, is now available on the AAFCO web site -- www.aafco.org and NASC supports removing Comfrey from members products at this time. Further research needs to be conducted.
I hope you find this information helpful and if I can be of further assistance please don't hesitate to send me a note or give me a call. If ever there is an opportunity to be a guest on the show pleas keep me in mind.


Happy Holidays,
Bill Bookout, President
National Animal Supplement Council
PO Box 2568
Valley Center, CA 92082
T: 760-751-5022
F: 760-751-5027

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