Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Dietary supplements: Manufacturing troubles widespread, FDA inspections show

The FDA began conducting inspections in 2008 to assess compliance with new regulations governing the manufacturing, packing and holding of dietary supplements. Since then, 1 in 4 dietary supplement companies inspected by the agency have received a warning letter, considered a significant enforcement action.

Dietary supplements: Manufacturing troubles widespread, FDA inspections show | McClatchy:

"Federal inspections of companies that make dietary supplements - from multivitamins and calcium chews to capsules of echinacea and bodybuilding powders - reveal serious and widespread manufacturing problems in a $28 billion industry that sells products consumed by half of all Americans.

In the last four years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found violations of manufacturing rules in half of the nearly 450 dietary supplement firms it has inspected, according to agency officials.

The inspection reports portray an industry struggling to meet basic manufacturing standards, from verifying the identity of the ingredients that go into its products to inspecting finished batches of supplements.

Some firms don't even have recipes, known as master manufacturing records, for their products."

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