We are very disappointed that Governor Newsom vetoed AB-1341 despite its overwhelming support from the community and in both the Assembly and Senate. In doing so, he missed out on an unprecedented opportunity to have California lead the nation to protect children from a dangerous and deceptive industry that preys on vulnerable children.
In the words of STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin: “We are deeply disappointed that Gov. Newsom would veto this bill under false pretenses. The evidence is clear, compelling, and incontrovertible that weight-loss supplements can be dangerous, even deadly, and have no place in the medicine cabinets of children. During the pandemic, eating disorders rates have doubled, creating an urgent mental health crisis. Yet Gov. Newsom chooses to kick the can down the road another year and let unscrupulous companies continue to exploit and profit from vulnerable youth under his watch. We expected more from state leaders.” Here is a link to the press release that lead sponsor Assemblymember Cristina Garcia issued today.
Make no mistake, the hard work and dedication of all of our community partners and members and lead sponsors of AB-1341, have achieved more than have ever been accomplished before in taking on the diet industry and its deceptive and dangerous products. This is something we can all be proud of, and no veto will ever take away. Our incredible community partners and members and lead sponsors have put this issue on California’s legislative agenda, and our advocacy has been crucial and will continue to be to the progress of the bill. While this bill will not move forward in California this year, we are committed to keep fighting with you to protect children from the dangerous and deceptive diet industry.
Thank you California Assemblymember Garcia for championing this bill to protect young people from dangerous weight loss dietary supplements and over-the-counter diet pills.
Introduced by California Assemblymember Cristina Garcia in the 2021-2022 California legislative session, Dietary supplements for weight loss and over-the-counter diet pills (AB-1341), would protect kids from dangerously underregulated weight-loss dietary supplements and over-the-counter diet pills by restricting the sale to adults 18 years or older in stores and online.
Helpful materials on CA AB-1341:
- TIME SENSITIVE: Write to Governor Newsom to Support AB-1341!
- Youth Infographic for California AB-1341
- Partner Organization Letter in support of California AB-1341
- California Out of Kids’ Hands bill Talking Points
- Green Tea Extract Is a Liver Toxin – Infographic
- Letter in support of California’s AB-1341 from Vito Frank Leonardo, Certified Personal Trainer and WNBF Professional Bodybuilder
- Letter in support of California’s AB-1341 from Dr. Pieter Cohen, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Internist, Cambridge Health Alliance
- Letter in support of California’s AB-1341 from Dr. Bryn Austin, STRIPED Director
- Letter in support of California’s AB-1341 from Dr. Jason Nagata, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco and Co-Chair of the International Association for Adolescent Health Young Professionals Network
- Letter in support of California’s AB-1341 from former supplements sales representatives and store manager
- Urge your California Senator to Support AB-1341!