Seven out of ten Canadians Support a New Act
OTTAWA, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Health Food Association
(CHFA) today released new public opinion data that supports the
sector's call for a modernized Food and Drug Act. This new Act would
remove natural health products (NHPs) as a subset of drugs. "With over
70 per cent of Canadians using natural health products it is important
that the regulations of these products are updated," says Helen
Sherrard, President, CHFA. The House of Commons Standing Committee on
Health concluded in 1998 that NHPs are neither foods nor drugs and
therefore should be defined separately in the Act. Despite this
committee finding, supported by Members of Parliament from all parties,
the Act has not been amended. NHPs continue to be positioned as a
subset of drugs creating many serious problems for the industry in
The Ipsos Reid Omnibus survey results released today by CHFA clearly
demonstrate the public supports a new act for NHPs. The survey found
seven in ten Canadians supported developing a new act for NHPs in
Canada. "Not only have members of Parliament supported a modernized act but
the public is decisively behind this initiative," says Sherrard.
The public opinion survey also demonstrated that the vast majority of
Canadian consumers, 71 per cent, consider NHPs to be safe. Not
surprisingly then, among Canadian consumers of NHPs, 80 per cent
indicated these products were "somewhat or very important" to their
family. "The survey demonstrates to Government that natural health
products are important to Canadians and consumers want reasonable rules
for these products now" added Sherrard.
CHFA also highlighted that the NHP sector creates thousands of jobs and
contributes three billion dollars annually to the Canadian economy.
"This is a sector that is expanding and growing to meet the demands of
Canadians seeking more natural ways to optimize their overall health.
We need to ensure that the Federal Government's positive moves for red
tape reduction and smart regulations are supported," concluded
The Canadian Health Food Association is Canada's largest national trade association dedicated to the natural
health and organic products industry. CHFA members and their products
support Canadians seeking optimal health and well-being.
SOURCE Canadian Health Food Association
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