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Emord on NDI Guidance:  Politics has prevailed over science and common sense

Elaine Watson, Nutraingredients.com (August 8, 2011)

If sufficient pressure is exerted on key members of Congress, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the FDA might suspend its draft guidance on NDIs (new dietary ingredients) or even withdraw it altogether, according to food law attorney Jonathan Emord.  Read the full article at nutraingredients.com.


Emord Files Comment on FDA NDI Guidance Economic Burdens

(August 2, 2011)

On Tuesday, August 2, 2011, Emord & Associates filed comments with the FDA and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) concerning the FDA’s proposed collection of information through 75-day New Dietary Ingredient notifications.  The comments present an economic impact analysis by a top regulatory economist, Dr. Joanna Shepherd-Bailey.  Shepherd-Bailey confirms that enforcement of the NDI proposed guidance will cause as many as 50 percent of existing supplements to be unlawfully marketed, cause a loss in the billions of dollars for the industry, and cause as many as over 100,000 people to lose their jobs.  Read the Comment Here.


[RADIO] Jonathan Emord Appears on George Noory’s Coast-to-Coast AM

(July 19, 2011)

Listen to George Noory’s Coast to Coast AM radio program from July 19, 2011.  Jonathan Emord was

George’s first hour guest.  Emord shared updates on new FDA regulations.  The FDA has adopted a New Dietary Ingredient guidance plan, which could in effect force out of the market numerous supplements and herbs that are presently consumed safely, he warned.  A proposed Dietary Supplement Labeling Act could also reduce the product availability, he added.


Dietary Supplement Labeling Act poised for introduction, industry responds

Stephen Daniells (June 29, 2011)

US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is set to introduce the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act to improve the information available to consumers, but industry associations are calling for regulatory enforcement not legislative solutions.  [Click to read full article]


Lobby Day in D.C. Focuses on protecting Small Firms

Katie Feldhaus, National Journal (May 16, 2011)

Got "real" milk? The question is not one that you would normally hear outside the Capitol, but many similar phrases were "uddered" on Capitol Hill on Monday during a protest of a recent action by the Food and Drug Administration against dairy farmers...  [Click to read full article]


Lobby Day in D.C. Focuses on protecting Small Firms

Adam Helfer, The Washington Times (April 12, 2011)

In late March, the annual “Food and Farmers Lobby Day” was held at the Dirkson Senate building in Washington D.C.  This was a day where local farmers, spokespersons, and consumers met with congressmen and senators to discuss some important issues that could potentially have major impact on small farms and organics.  Attendee attorney Jonathan Emord (who has defeated the FDA 7 times in federal court) stated: “The FSMA is the latest example of federal tyranny that threatens the lives, liberties, and property of the American people...”


[RADIO] Jonathan Emord Appears on George Noory’s Coast-to-Coast AM

(February 24, 2011)

Listen to George Noory’s Coast to Coast AM radio program from Thursday, February 24, 2011. Jonathan Emord was George’s first hour guest.

Emord shared updates on the combined efforts of the FDA & FTC to suppress dietary supplements, as well

as a plan to replace all incandescent light bulbs with Compact Flourescent Lights (CFLs) by 2012.  Emord explained that the mandate was misguided, as CFLs contain mercury that is toxic if a bulb breaks.


Another Federal Court Denies Obama Administration Attempt to Dismiss Suit Against Obama Health Care Bill

(December 15, 2010)

Jonathan Emord discusses United States District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson’s (Eastern District of Virginia) December 13, 2010 Memorandum Opinion concerning the Constitutionality of the Health Reform Bill.


Jon Rappoport Interviews Jonathan Emord (October 25, 2010)

Freelance medical investigative reporter Jon Rappoport conducted and exclusive interview of Jonathan Emord.  Read the Full Interview Here.


Emord Named “Honorary Nutrition Specialist” (October 20, 2010)

On October 19, 2010, Dr. Robert I. Lin, President of the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists, invoked Article XVII of the CBNS by-laws for the first time to bestow on Constitutional and Administrative Law attorney Jonathan W. Emord the title “Honorary Nutrition Specialist.”  


Jon Rappoport Interviews Jonathan Emord (October 25, 2010)

Freelance medical investigative reporter Jon Rappoport conducted and exclusive interview of Jonathan Emord.  Read the Full Interview Here.


President Barack Obama blew it with BP

By Bob Weinstein, EIC, Troy Media (July 7, 2010)

“US President Barack Obama made every mistake in the book in managing the BP oil spill.  That’s the opinion of Washington, D.C.-based maverick congressional attorney Jonathan W. Emord, who’s built an impressive reputation defending constitutional rights and freedoms.”


Cancer, Vitamins, and Supplements – How Much Should We Know?

By Michael Horwin, Lifestyletom.com (July 1, 2010)

“...  One person trying to change this is attorney Jonathan Emord who practices food and drug law, deceptive advertising law, and libel law. Mr. Emord has recently been supporting a Bill called H.R. 4282 - the Health Freedom Protection Act. This Bill also has the support of 15 members of Congress. It would provide supplement companies with the opportunity to cite relevant medical evidence for their products. If passed into law, this Bill would vastly expand the type of health information supplement companies could share with its customers. We recently talked with Mr. Emord about this important Bill.”


“How the power of oil dogged former presidents”

By John Blake, CNN (June 22, 2010)

Jonathan Emord is quoted by CNN discussing the historical battle between the White House and the oil industry.


Nestle critical of selenium health claim ruling

(Nutraingredients-usa.com, June 21, 2010)

Influential New York-based, food policy academic Marion Nestle says a recent court action ordering the FDA to remove lengthy disclaimers from selenium health claims, will open the floodgates to misleading advertising. ...  Responding to Nestle’s comments, the attorney who represented the plaintiffs in the case, Jonathan Emord, said the founding father’s had indeed intended the First Amendment principle of free speech to apply to all forms of communication – including commercial speech.


FDA Defeated in Federal Court Over Health Claims

(NaturalNews.com, June 4, 2010)

Health freedom has just been handed a significant victory by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, which ruled last week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violated the First Amendment rights of a nutritional supplement company when it censored truthful, scientifically-backed claims about how selenium can help reduce the risk of cancer.


Court Finds For ANH-USA In Stunning Victory Over FDA

(ANH-USA.org, June 1, 2010)

This was a key federal case argued for ANH-USA and other plaintiffs by Jonathan Emord and the Emord law firm. It was a remarkable seventh victory for Emord over the FDA in the area of allowable health claims for food or supplements. Unless reversed on appeal, the decision restricts the Agency’s ability to place gag orders on the emerging science behind healthy foods and dietary supplements.


FDA Told to Amend Selenium Health Claims (Again)

(Nutraingredients-usa.com, June 2, 2010)

The Food and Drug Administration has been ordered to amend qualified selenium health claims by a Washington DC district court that found FDA’s addition of lengthy disclaimers to the claims to be in breach of Constitutional, First Amendment, free speech principles.


FTC to Gain Extra Powers?  

(Nutraingredients.com, Apr. 2010)

Industry is becoming very concerned about a section of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 that hands the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) powers to condemn healthy food and supplement messaging that is not backed by product-specific substantiation.


McCain ‘revisiting’ supplements reform Bill

(Nutraingredients.com, March 8, 2010)

Arizona Republican Senator, John McCain, has indicated he may withdraw support for the Bill he sponsored in February that would have severely amended the way the US dietary supplements industry is regulated.


Curbs on health claims may breach freedom of speech, says US lawyer

(Functional Ingredients Magazine, December 18, 2009)

Companies whose health claims are banned by the European Commission should take the authorities to the courts for breaching the right to freedom of speech, according to a US attorney.


Jonathan Emord of Washington DC-based Emord & Associates said banning claims under the EU Nutrition & Health Claims Regulation on the basis the science supporting them was not conclusive could fall foul of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees the "freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority."


Industry attacks McCain for “regulatory overkill”

(Nutraingredients.com, February 4, 2010)

Industry groups and legal experts have condemned the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010 as an unnecessary threat to existing legislation that is already empowered to ensure dietary supplements in the United States are safe.


FDA has a month to respond to health claim contempt of court allegation (Nutraingredients.com, January 22, 2010)

Industry is becoming very concerned about a section of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 that hands the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) powers to condemn healthy food and supplement messaging that is not backed by product-specific substantiation.


Jonathan Emord affirms EU health claims regulation basis for legal challenge

(ANHCampaign.org, December, 2009)

Legal action to challenge the strict claims assessment process enshrined in the EU health claims Regulation could be pursued on the ground of free speech, according to a leading US lawyer.


ANH Going Global With US Merger

(Nutraingredients.com, December 21, 2009)

With legal challenges to certain EU regulations being considered by the ANH and others, Verkerk said ANH International would provide grassroots counsel as Jonathan Emord, the lawyer involved in several successful challenges to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approach to health claims, was a supporter of the group.


Free Speech Argument a “Possible Avenue:  UK Lawyer [VIDEO]

(Nutraingredients.com, December 17, 2009)

Industry is becoming very concerned about a section of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 that hands the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) powers to condemn healthy food and supplement messaging that is not backed by product-specific substantiation.


Are Health Claims Suppressing Speech? [VIDEO]

(Nutraingredients.com, December 16, 2009)

US attorney Jonathan Emord draws parallels between his experiences in the US challenging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the current health claims situation in Europe on the basis of free speech.


Lawyer cites “free speech” as basis for legal action on claims

(Nutraingredients.com, December 14, 2009)

Legal action to challenge the strict claims assessment process enshrined in the EU health claims Regulation could be pursued on the grounds of free speech, according to a leading US lawyer.

European food and drink companies could “lift the yoke of censorship” if they could prove that the EU health claims Regulation denied them the right to freedom of expression, according to Jonathan Emord, from Emord & Associates – experts in US constitutional and administrative law.

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