The FDA has announced new manufacturing standards for vitamins, herbs and other dietary supplements in order to help ensure quality throughout the manufacturing, packaging, labeling and storing process.
“The final rule will help ensure that dietary supplements are manufactured with controls that result in a consistent product free of contamination, with accurate labeling,” said Robert E. Brackett, Ph.D., director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
The rules, which take effect August 24, will require manufacturers to test the purity, strength and identity of their ingredients. The FDA is seeking public comment on the rule. The comment period ends on September 24, 2007. —MEGHANN MARCO