Fi industry chatter - August 2009

Ready or not...
"I would expect that by fall, \[GMP inspections\] will have started. Our plan is to do a substantial number — as many as 200 firms — this fiscal year."

— Brad Williams, manager, the Division of Dietary Supplements, US Food and Drug Administration, as told to

Blame aplenty
From our vantage point, the recent salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated peanut butter represented far more than a sanitation problem at one troubled facility. It reflected a failure of the FDA and its regulatory partners to identify risk and to establish and enforce basic preventive controls. And it exposed the failure of scores of food manufacturers to adequately monitor the safety of ingredients purchased from this facility.

— Margaret Hamburg, MD, and Joshua Sharfstein, MD, commissioner and principal deputy commissioner, respectively, of the Food and Drug Administration, in an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine

Wait and see
"The present evidence is insufficient to recommend either for or against the use of multi-vitamin mineral supplements by the American public to prevent chronic disease."

— Paul Coates, director, the office of dietary supplements at the National Institutes of Health

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