Supplements industry pays tribute to Sen. Orrin Hatch

Sen. Hatch, the longest-serving Republican in the history of the U.S. Senate, is revered within the dietary supplement industry as the co-sponsor, along with former Sen. Tom Harkin, D-IA, of the industry’s overarching legislation, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. 

Scott Bass, Global Life Sciences Partner, Sidley Austin LLP, and one of the key architects of DSHEA, told us: “Orrin Hatch was an inspiration. And a great example of how Republicans used to work together with Democrats even when ideological differences were so huge. He was principled and tactically brilliant. 

“I worked with him and with Trish Knight on and off for over a decade while I served as general counsel to the largest health food trade association. Orrin asked me to lead the industry part of the drafting of DSHEA, and navigating this along with Loren Israelsen, it was an unforgettable life experience.”

Israelsen, who is President of the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), stated: I had the good fortune to meet the Senator 45 years ago, working on his staff. 

“As I reflected on his life and extraordinary legislative career I felt a great sense of gratitude for that fortuitous time in Washington, which changed the course of my own career and life experience.  Many others no doubt feel the same.

“To some he is an iconic name, the champion of our industry who created the framework for a thriving industry.  He did this because he believed in the value of supplements, when so many of his Congressional colleagues thought otherwise.  He was immaculate in his attire, a song writer, courteous and respectful, the longest serving Republican in the history of the US Senate, and one hell of a fighter.

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