In a move that stunned many nutraceutical manufacturing companies, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch issued a statement on dietary supplements in a short video on March 8, 2016, as part of National Consumer Protection Week.
Although Lynch acknowledged that millions of Americans use dietary supplements every day, she cautioned consumers, noting that the FDA doesn’t test supplements before they are shipped for sale.
“That means that every day millions of Americans are ingesting substances whose safety and efficacy are not guaranteed,” Lynch said. “Some of these supplements are simply a waste of money, promising results they can’t deliver or advertising ingredients that they don’t contain, and too often these supplements don’t just abuse consumer trust, they also endanger public health.”
“Some contain harmful ingredients, causing consumers to fall ill,” she continued. “Others falsely claim to cure illness and disease, leading patients to use them as a substitute for the proven therapies they need.”
The Attorney General made note of the more than 100 civil and criminal cases that her department last year brought against marketers and manufacturers of dietary supplements, saying “The Department of Justice is working tirelessly to ensure that the products you choose are safely manufactured, are accurately labeled and are honestly marketed because the American people deserve nothing less.”
The video was the latest in a series of events involving increased pressure on the nutraceutical manufacturing industry.
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