The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) authorizes the establishment of a seven-member, Presidentially appointed commission to conduct a study and issue a report to the White House and Congress within two years of enactment. The commission is authorized to hold hearings, take testimony, receive evidence, and secure information directly from any federal agency. The report issued by the commission will include recommendations on regulation and legislation related to label claims for dietary supplements.
President Clinton announced his intent to appoint the following people to the commission:
Norman R. Farnsworth of Illinois is Research professor of Pharmacognosy, Senior University Scholar and director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine at the College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Farnsworth is an expert in pharmacognosy, medical botany and related sciences. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees in pharmacy studies from the University of Massachusetts, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Farnsworth is an ABC Trustee and a member of the HRF Professional Advisory Board.
Robert S. McCaleb of Colorado is the president and founder of the Herb Research Foundation, a nonprofit research and education organization. He was Research Director of Celestial Seasonings for 14 years and chaired the Research Committee of the American Herbal Products Association (1977 to 1989) and the American Herbal Products Association (1983 to 1989). Mr. McCaleb is considered an expert in both the scientific and industrial aspects of dietary supplements. He studied cellular biology and botany at the University of Texas and the University of Colorado, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnobotany. McCaleb is HerbalGram's Technical Editor.
Malden Nesheim of New York is internationally respected for his knowledge of nutritional issues and is one of the leading nutritional scientists of the country. He retired this year as Provost of Cornell University, a position he has held since 1989. He is a professor of nutrition and served as the director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell from 1974 to 1987. Dr. Nesheim is a member of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, National Research Council and has served on the Board of Scientific Councilors for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Nesheim received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and his Ph.D. in Nutrition from Cornell University. Dr. Nesheim will serve as chair of the commission.
Annette Dickinson of Maryland is the director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, an association of nutritional supplement manufacturers. She is an expert in the area of dietary supplement manufacture, distribution, and use. Dr. Dickinson earned both her M.S. in Food Science and Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Maryland.
Shiriki K. Kumanyika of Pennsylvania is a professor and associate director for epidemiology at the Penn State University School of Medicine. She is an expert in nutritional science, epidemiology, and public health. Dr. Kumanyika received her M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from Cornell University.
Margaret Gilhooley of New Jersey is a professor at the Seton Hall Law School who teaches Food and Drug Law, in addition to Tort and Administrative Law. Prior to teaching at Seton Hall, she developed expertise in the food and drug field as an attorney for the Food and Drug Administration. Ms. Gilhooley received her B.S. from Fordham University and her J.D. from Columbia School of Law.
Anthony T. Podesta of Washington, D.C., is the chairman of Podesta Associates, Inc., a national public policy consulting and public affairs firm. Mr. Podesta is an attorney and a legislative expert on issues regarding food and drug law. Mr. Podesta is the founding president of The People for the American Way and remains active on its board of directors. He is a member of the Community and Friends Board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a board member of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
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