A letter sent by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller on Tuesday urges the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reform the dietary supplement industry.
Schneiderman said the letter addressed the Dietary Supplement Current Good Manufacturing Practices regulations, and called on the agency to immediately enhance its oversight and strengthen enforcement broadly.
“The FDA has the authority to rewrite the rules that govern the multibillion-dollar dietary supplement industry today,” Schneiderman said. “The health and safety of the tens of millions of Americans who take supplements every single day will continue to be jeopardized until these lax regulations are improved. I urge the FDA to use every tool at its disposal to protect consumers in New York and across the country from the unnecessary risk of tainted supplements.”
Schneiderman said the FDA didn't have to wait for Congress to act on improving federal oversight of the industry.
“The FDA can and should take action now to ensure common-sense protections are in place to protect people from ingesting products with potentially unknown or unsafe ingredients,” Zoeller said.“As herbal and dietary supplements rise in popularity, our aim is to eliminate any misleading and deceptive labeling in this global industry before more people are harmed.”
The letter addressed four major “flaws” with the practices, including ingredient suppliers, testing of label claims, testing for allergens and labeling ambiguity.