Industry news: Supplements are safe

A recent report that aired on PBS’ Frontline program claimed the dietary supplement industry is unsafe and is not necessarily regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Those claims, according to one rebuttal, are not true.

PBS said the report, which aired in January, would “examine the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements, a multibillion-dollar industry with limited FDA oversight.”

Vitamin Retailer, a magazine about the dietary supplement industry, said the PBS report did not hold any water.

“The segment … relied on anecdotal reports of noncompliant products without informing viewers that these products are subject to aggressive enforcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and in fact implying the opposite,” Vitamin Retailer wrote. “The program went on to represent a fraction of the products on the market, which the FDA has the authority to remove, as representative of the entire industry.”

The magazine argued that the industry is in fact regulated to ensure products are safe for use and have proper labeling.

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