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
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.
about standards & regulations:
a quality model for dietary supplements
types of standards
and cons of standards
products for quality
manufacturing practices (GMPs)
Trade Commision (FTC)
DV, and other recommended intake values
of research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
future FDA regulations
future Codex regulations