FDA’s Dietary Supplements Market Inspection Reveals Opportunities for Quality Control

Food safety is a priority topic for consumers, government bodies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and manufacturers globally. While botanically sourced ingredients add an inherent level of complexity to food safety controls, they enable manufacturers to respond to consumer desire for clean and simple ingredients. Today’s consumers rely on manufacturers to provide high-quality and safe products, and seek even greater transparency from companies.

In the dietary supplements market, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “signaled there remains ample room for improvement among the dietary supplement industry in meeting manufacturing rules adopted in 2007,” Natural Products Insider published in a regulatory article on Jan 4th, 2022. They report four out of ten dietary supplement firms inspected last year violating current good manufacturing practices (cGMP). This is the case “when the firm has not established any specifications or when the specifications are inadequate,” as Lindsay Haake, an FDA representative, responded to Natural Products Insider. Parameters like identity, purity, strength and composition of the end product could not be completely established in 40% of the cases. Other violations did not sufficiently fulfill “the requirements to establish and follow written procedures for quality control (QC) operations and product complaints,” the article reports.

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