Supplements food safety is something that gets missed by consumers. For it’s known ‘healthy’ factor, people become careless about the vitamin tablets or protein supplements that they consume. A new study completed by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that a high percentage of dietary supplements contained banned drugs.
Since 2004, the FDA has forced around 50% of dietary supplements to be recalled from shelves. With the help of the Journal of America Medical Association (JAMA), the FDA found that 68% of the dietary supplement hat were re-analysed after a recall six months ago STILL contained banned drugs.
Most of the dietary supplements contained adulteration of pharmaceutical ingredients. From that, researchers analysed 27 out of the 274 dietary supplements that were recalled in 2009 – 2012, using the same methods and criteria as the FDA field laboratories. 18 of the 27 tested supplements contained a pharmaceutical adulterant – all but one has the same adulterant that was initially detected by the FDA.
However, the director of FDA’s Division of Dietary Supplement Program says that the research was ‘over blown’. Especially considering that they only tested 27 subjects. Furthermore, he added that dealing with companies that continue to break the law calls for strong enforcement tools. Hopefully, the new Food Safety Modernisation Act can improve this particular flaw at the moment.
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