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Monday, May 16, 2011

FDA Cracks Down on Tainted Supplements

Not only are there lots of recalls on foods; the supplement industry is also another area that contamination can occur. Most supplement manufacturers don't own their own testing equipment to know what's in the raw materials when they get them ... and most don't manufacture to pharmaceutical standards either.

The Number ONE reason we sell Nature's Sunshine Products is because of quality. The company began in 1972 and has never had a recall. They have the equipment to test raw materials and numerous other steps along the manufacturing line of processing. The Herbs Place has distributed Nature's Sunshine Products (NSP) since 1982 and we've never had a complaint about quality. That's saying something to me ... and that's why I personally use the products. Get more info on NSP quality control process.

From CNN blogs:

Manufacturers who put tainted or undeclared ingredients into dietary supplements were warned Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration that they can no longer market them as such. The FDA has received reports on well over 100 products over the last few years, a number of them detailed serious injuries, even deaths. In fact, since 2007 the agency has sent out consumer alerts about 300 adulterated products.

'These tainted products can cause serious adverse effects, including strokes, organ failure and death,' said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. 'The manufacturers selling these tainted products are operating outside the law.'

Concern over the growing problem has led the agency to send a letter to five major trade associations - the Counil for Responsible Nutrition, Natural Products Assocation, United Natural Produdcts Alliance, Consumer Healthcare Products Association and American Herbal Products Association - whose member companies make dietary supplements, warning them of the problem and of 'their legal obligations and their responsibility to prevent tainted products from reaching the US market. Read the entire article.

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