Target: Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg
Goal: Tighten regulations on dietary supplements to ensure consumer safety
Dietary supplements are not strictly regulated by the FDA, and as a result, many of them contain unlabeled ingredients, and some do not even contain the herbal supplement they are labeled as. Strict regulation of herbal supplements should be a requirement to ensure the safety of consumers.
A recent study by the New York State Attorney General’s office has discovered that several herbal supplements are deceptively labeled. The study revealed that an astonishing four out of five herbal supplements contained no traces of the supplement they were advertised as. They instead contain many fillers such as powdered rice, house plants, asparagus and other cheap substances. Some supplements labeled gluten-free were even found to contain wheat as a filler.
The FDA regulations of dietary supplements do not require manufacturers to seek FDA approval before selling them. They simply require that companies guarantee their supplements are safe and properly labeled, which is based solely on the honor system. These regulations are much more relaxed than regulations for food and other drugs. The FDA has targeted specific herbal supplements in the past for containing dangerous ingredients, but it still does not protect consumers from dangerous dietary supplements on a large scale.
Please sign the petition below to demand the FDA set stricter regulations on dietary supplements.
Dear Ms. Hamburg,
For many years, studies have been revealing harmful or misleading ingredients in dietary supplements. Many supplements are falsely advertised as something they are not, while others contain ingredients that are harmful to consumers. We are writing to ask that you consider setting stricter regulations on dietary supplements.
A recent study by the New York State Attorney General’s office showed that four out of five supplements tested contained no traces of the supplement they were advertised as. Instead, they contained many fillers such as powdered rice, house plants, asparagus and other cheap substances. Some supplements labeled gluten-free were even found to contain wheat as a filler. This deceptive advertising can in many cases be dangerous to consumers.
Other studies have had similar findings in the past, and in some cases harmful ingredients were even found in dietary supplements.
It is not logical that food and drugs are regulated so closely, while dietary supplements do not even require FDA approval to be put on the market. Please protect consumers and start using stricter regulations on dietary supplements.
[Your Name Here]
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