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State laws
January 1999

Several dozen states have taken measures to regulate dietary supplements. For example, in Florida some products containing ephedrine are banned. Like federal laws, state laws often provide no appreciable safety benefit to the public while imposing greatly on manufacturers and consumers.

Perhaps the most arbitrary state law is California's Prop 65, the "Clean Drinking Water Act", passed in 1986. This was a petition initiative sold to the public as a means for ensuring that drinking water and consumer products would be free of carcinogens or substances of potential danger to reproductive health. It is so stringent that under this law, action was taken against a candle maker because the candles emit smoke when burned and smoke contains carcinogens. In another case, a manufacturer lost $3 million when charged for selling a calcium supplement that contained lead - at only one one-thousandth known toxic levels! Ironically, the law does not apply to drinking water at all.



More about standards & regulations:

Industry standards

Creating a quality model for dietary supplements

Different types of standards

Pros and cons of standards

Competing standards

Testing products for quality

Dosage recommendations

Good manufacturing practices (GMPs)

Self-regulatory quality standards

Government regulations

FDA safety monitoring

Federal Trade Commision (FTC)

State laws

Health benefit claims

RDA, DV, and other recommended intake values

Funding of research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Possible future FDA regulations

Possible future Codex regulations

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