Are supplements safe? Are they tested? Do they actually do any good? Understanding dietary supplement regulations can help you become an educated and confident consumer.
Are Dietary Supplements Regulated?
Despite rumors to the contrary dietary supplements are regulated. The 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) helps regulate the safety and labeling of dietary supplements. The act is administered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Dietary Supplement Programs. The FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations make sure that manufacturers maintain clean facilities and do ingredient testing on the incoming raw ingredients going into their products.
How do I Know if a Supplement Is Safe?
In general, dietary supplements can only contain ingredients that are permitted and which have undergone review by FDA prior to use.
Are the Claims on Labels Regulated?
According to DSHEA guidelines, manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements and their ingredients are prohibited from marketing products that are tainted or misbranded. Manufacturers and distributors are responsible for evaluating the safety and labeling of their products before they reach store shelves. They must possess competent and reliable scientific evidence that the claims being made are truthful, and not misleading.
Always do your research about ingredients. An informed consumer is a safe consumer!
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