Natural Products Association (NPA) Executive Director and CEO John Gay responds to a report by the Government Accountability Office on economically motivated adulteration. NPA is the leading representative of the dietary supplement industry with over 1,900 members representing more than 10,000 manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers of vitamins and other dietary supplements.
"The GAO report reminds us that the issue of economically motivated adulteration, or EMA, has been with us for as long as there has been commerce, and that it persists to a greater or lesser degree in a number of segments, including dietary supplements and other foods. NPA supports government and industry efforts to combat this illegal practice.
For example, NPA joined forces with the other trade associations in supporting the Food and Drug Administration in its efforts to eliminate drugs masquerading as dietary supplements. This coalition backs FDA’s actions to hold accountable those who violate the law by illegally marketing such products.
In addition to NPA’s education efforts, we also support other industry programs in this area. Most recently, NPA endorsed a program by the American Botanical Council that would educate the dietary supplement industry about ingredient and product adulteration. We appreciated the opportunity to discuss these efforts with the GAO investigators.
It’s important for all government and industry to work together to keep these products from the marketplace.”
Natural Products Association
The Natural Products Association (NPA), founded in 1936, is the largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. NPA represents over 1,900 members accounting for more than 10,000 locations of retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids. As the leading voice of the natural products industry, the NPA’s mission is to advocate for the rights of consumers to have access to products that will maintain and improve their health, and for the rights of retailers and suppliers to sell these products.