In an attempt to crack down on irresponsible supplement manufacturing, the FDA has issued a broad warning to dietary supplement companies that they had better shape up or ship out! For more information on this FDA intervention, keep on reading after the jump.
The FDA has been trying for years to get the dietary supplement industry under control, and now it has issued a warning to companies who manufacture and sell herbal and dietary supplements that they aren’t screwing around anymore.
One Wednesday, the FDA sent letters to major dietary supplement manufactures and advocacy groups asking for their help in promoting stricter monitoring of dietary supplement manufacturing after issuing several warnings this year about supplements that have shown to cause serious health problems or even death. Their warning stating that they will not tolerate the production and sale of tainted dietary supplements that may contain harmful ingredients or those that are active in prescription medications, and manufacturers that do not adhere to FDA regulations could face criminal prosecution.
Unlike prescription drugs, dietary supplements do not require FDA approval in order to be sold or marketed. They are free to make generalized claims about the purported health benefits of their products, but are not allowed to claim to treat or cure any condition. Once the products hit the shelves, however, the FDA can step in and issue fines to companies that aren’t abiding by the FDA regulations, but now the federal agency is trying to stiffen their penalties for companies selling unsafe products or making false claims.
They FDA issued warnings about several types of dietary supplements that they have found to be the most tainted, including weight loss products that contain unsafe ingredients (such as Slimming Beauty, Solo Slim, and Slim 30), body building products that may contain anabolic steroids or aromatase inhibitors (such as Tren Xtreme, Arima Dex, and Cloimed), and sexual enhancers that may contain the same active prescription-only ingredients of Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra (such as Vigor-25, Duro Extend Capsules for Men, and Magic Powder Coffee).
Several groups and councils have already stepped forward to support the FDA initiatives for safer supplements including the Council for Responsible Nutrition, United Natural Products Alliance, Natural Products Association, Consumer Healthcare Products, and the American Herbal Products Association.
What do you guys think of the FDA trying to impose stricter regulations on dietary supplements? Do you think they should have to be approved by the FDA like other drugs? Let us know by leaving some comments below, and click HERE for a video on some of the problems the FDA has been having with the dietary supplement industry.