A group of American congressmen is introducing a bill to permit food and supplements manufacturers to make more nutrient and health claims, putting the onus on government to prove when something is false.

The 24-member self-named Liberty Caucus says Food and Drug Administration restrictions limit free speech, adding that consumers are denied health information and manufacturers' rights are compromised when health claims are disallowed or delayed.

In the last year, the FDA has delayed approval on numerous qualified health claims, citing staffing shortages for the backlog. The bill would prevent the FDA from stopping the distribution of literature and qualified claims, and mandates approval of specific claims previously denied despite overwhelming scientific evidence.