Gerald Kessler, founder and CEO, Nature's Plus/Natural Organics, Inc., Melville, NY, called the public's response "unprecedented" in the history of federal lawmaking.
"It was this grassroots support that made the difference," he
"The stores got together and draped all of their shelves with black cloth to signify that unless the public made their voices heard, the health food industry would cease to exist," states Kessler
, "Individually, we can make a difference and collectively, we can make our voices and the voices of millions of Americans heard in Congress."
negotiated key aspects of DSHEA with lawmakers.
acknowledges the late Allen and Connie Skolnick, former owners of Solgar
, for their part in these efforts.
"They created a great company and as close allies, they were there for me when I called them from the floor of Congress to discuss last-minute changes we needed to make to the get the bill passed," he
calls Bass "the greatest attorney this industry has ever had and the true grandfather of our great industry.
goes on, "It was his
dedication, energy and passion that forged this industry into one of the greatest industries in the world."
explains that Bass fought for DSHEA
in Washington, D.C., right until Congress broke session, which he
says was "instrumental in the passing of DSHEA
For this reason, Kessler
believes it's time to be more active on the Hill again.
"We need to fight for a Senate and Congress that understand that vitamins and health supplements are a benefit to the public and not something that needs burdensome government regulating.
In fact, dietary supplements are the safest health-enhancing products available in the world," he