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Back Health Equality Complaint Against FDA

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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

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