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Agreement Moves GMP Review Forward

On Jan. 30, the American Herbal Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the National Nutritional Foods Association made a ?joint industry submission? to the Food and Drug Administration regarding FDA?s proposed rule on current good manufacturing practices for dietary supplements. The joint submission aims to resolve differences between the three groups? individual recommendations to FDA. It also suggests alternatives to areas of concern identified by the three in the proposed rule.

One major revision the groups would like to see is the implementation of testing ingredients rather than finished products.

Michael McGuffin, president of AHPA, believes this is the most important point. ?If One-A-Day multiple vitamin, just to pick a brand that nobody is saying is not meeting its label claim ? if they have to test that [finished] product ? they?re going to spend more money testing each bottle than that bottle retails for,? he said.

The three associations want the FDA to target bad companies, not all companies. ?The agency rather coolly estimated that 25 percent of the businesses would be out of business,? McGuffin says. ?That?s not OK. We want 0 percent of the businesses that are making high-quality goods removed from the market because there is a burden that is excessive, redundant and unnecessary. And we want 100 percent of the companies that are selling goods that are misrepresented removed.?

An industry update at Expo West March 6 at 1:30 p.m. in 204C will include more on the proposed rule. It will feature McGuffin, CRN?s Annette Dickinson, NNFA?s David Seckman and Loren Israelsen of the Utah Natural Products Alliance.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 3/p. 30

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