The Associated Press is reporting that the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) is cracking down on manufacturers of certain weight loss, body building, and sexual supplements that contain potentially dangerous ingredients. The FDA said last week that some manufacturers are deceptively labeling products to hide that they contain ingredients known to cause adverse health effects. Further, other supplements contain ingredients that should only be available by prescription. Dietary supplements can slip through regulatory cracks because, unlike drugs, they do not have to be approved by the FDA before they are marketed. Such “slipping through the cracks” is dangerous! Some of the weight-loss supplements contained the active ingredient in the recalled diet drug Meridia, which was pulled off of the market a couple of months ago due to heart risks.
Government oversight of supplements has been a popular issue, including guidelines contained in a food safety bill on stricter government oversight of dietary supplements. The provisions include the FDA having the authority to issue a product recall order if a dietary supplement is adulterated or misbranded or the use of such supplement could cause serious adverse health consequences such as death.
Follow the link to the Associated Press to read more about the FDA crackdown.