Back Health Equality Complaint Against FDA
  • Petitioned Eric Holder, Jr.

This petition was delivered to:

U.S. Attorney General
Eric Holder, Jr.

Back Health Equality Complaint Against FDA

    1. Petition by

      Vitamin D Council

The Vitamin D Council, a nonprofit educational corporation in the State of California, is set to file a 17-page complaint later this summer against Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D., of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding their vitamin D food fortification policies and how they disparately afflict African Americans. But first, we want your help and your voice!

Through a combination of mandated and encouraged practices, the FDA depends upon milk to deliver virtually all supplemental dietary vitamin D to Americans. The FDA knows African Americans consume little milk, particularly relative to Caucasian Americans.

Vitamin D is a hormone activated by sunlight. Due to their darker skin, African Americans require six to ten times the amount of sun exposure Caucasian Americans do to activate the same amount of vitamin D. In consequence, African Americans are much more likely to be deficient in vitamin D.

The FDA, in effect, chooses to fortify a food that does not target a population who most need vitamin D. Please join us to call upon the FDA to mandate and encourage fortifying foods with vitamin D that African Americans are more likely and able to consume.

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to over one-hundred diseases and illnesses. Studies show that African Americans, as compared to other ethnic or racial groups, bear a greatly increased risk of suffering and dying from these same diseases, including heart disease, cancer, hypertension, and diabetes.

Hold the FDA accountable for their responsibility to set policies that encourage health equality for all Americans of all racial backgrounds. Please sign our petition letter and declare your support for our 17-page complaint. We will be sending our complaint to Eric Holder, Jr., U.S. Attorney General and Head of the Department of Justice.

See our full complaint at:, both in plain text and in a .pdf file (at the bottom of the page).

If you have any questions or comments, please email our public relations contact, Brant Cebulla, at

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Full Complaint File

      Henry at Vitamin D Wiki has uploaded the full complaint onto his site and can be viewed on the link above, both in text and in a .pdf file.

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Ashley Wedge PLYMOUTH, MA
      • about 3 years ago

      to take taxes off tanning

    • Diane Corwin ROSLINDALE, MA
      • about 3 years ago

      Get Rid of Tanning Tax

    • john pelley LUBBOCK, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      We need to have the FDA serve us and not the political special interests. We also need for them to have more respect for legitimate scientific research.

    • Thomas Garrett PELZER, SC
      • about 3 years ago

      There are whole industries built around diseases like cancer that are built on treatment. Vitamin D could possibly cut cancer in half but no one is interested because there is no money in it. Please do this to help the people and not just the big medical treatment business.

    • Gerald Kosel CLAYTON, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      The ignorance of the FDA on this and other matters needs to be challenged. Thanks to Dr. Cannell of the Vitamin D Council, the word on the importance of Vitamin D3 is being disseminated. But, various Government entities, not just the FDA seem determined to stand in the way of reasonable health practices.

      I am also angry at the many doctors who are so ignorant of the importance of Vit. D3. A friend of mine, a lung transplant patient, has a Vitamin D3 level of 25 and his doctor has the stupidity to tell him that that reading is "just fine". I am afraid that we will lose him because of this ignorance.


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