Monday, February 8, 2016

Dietary Supplements Now Has Office at FDA

From Whole Foods Magazine 
(not the Whole Foods Market)

The Dietary Supplement Programs has been elevated from a division to an office at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  According to an FDA statement, "Elevating the program’s position will raise the profile of dietary supplements within the agency, and will enhance the effectiveness of dietary supplement regulation by allowing ODSP to better compete for government resources and capabilities to regulate this rapidly expanding industry."

Several industry trade associations—the American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the Natural Products Association (NPA) and the United Natural Products Alliance—previously voiced their support for this move.

The groups stated the change not only underscores the tremendous growth of the industry since the division was established in 1994, but it will also help the agency take more aggressive enforcement action when needed and will elevate the visibility of dietary supplement safety and FDA compliance.  Read the entire article.

My Thoughts:
This can be seen as a very good thing.  Those companies who have been in alignment with the FDA, such as Nature's Sunshine, will be rewarded for their superior quality emphasizing potency and purity.  Too many companies have fudged their labeling and with the labeling laws as they are, it works for them.

Many of the testings now being done to find out the purity and potency of supplements are coming up empty-handed with some of them not even having some of the ingredients listed in the bottle at all.  What a waste of finances!  And if you were just "giving herbs a try" it certainly doesn't get much of a faith factor after it doesn't help.

Nature's Sunshine has always guaranteed potency and purity because they have the millions of dollars worth of equipment to test raw materials and to test the manufacturing process every step of the way.  There are 588 tests used to guarantee the quality standards that Nature's Sunshine insists on. View the video or read the article.

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