The Natural Products Association (NPA) is the leading representative of the dietary supplement and natural products industry. NPA CEO and Executive Director Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., former director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), comments on a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), in which the authors claim nearly two-thirds of recalled products still contained a banned substance at least six months after being recalled by the FDA:
“The Natural Products Association strongly supports the FDA’s efforts to crack down on any manufacturer selling adulterated dietary supplements. Selling drugs masquerading as supplements is a crime and tarnishes the solid reputation of our members who follow the rules.
“We also inform our members immediately of FDA actions so products can be taken off the shelf or out of the e-marketplace as soon as possible. While it is not the obligation of the retailer to do so, it is the right thing to do and we are always putting consumer safety first. We’ll continue to work with our members and FDA to explore ways to ensure recalled or adulterated products don’t ever reach consumers. Our member companies are in a very good position to identify wrongdoing and report it to officials, which we do on a regular basis.
“Studies like this should remind consumers that it is very important to be wary of promises that sound too good to be true and products which primarily are offered online. Unfortunately, there are scam artists whose only motivation is money, not consumer safety, and these are the ones continuing to put consumers at risk.”