NPA’s Fight Against Tainted Products

The Natural Products Association has pledged its support to help the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rid the market of tainted products that pose a danger to consumers. It’s important to note that these tainted products are illegal, unapproved new drugs − not supplements.

The NPA has endorsed FDA’s actions to use its regulatory powers to hold accountable those who violate the law. By being transparent and engaging in ongoing dialogue with the supplement industry, the FDA shows its understanding of the vital role of the industry trade associations in helping to ensure that consumers have access to safe, quality products.

FDA’s concerns focus on three categories of products particularly susceptible to spiking with undisclosed ingredients: weight loss, sexual enhancement and body building, categories in which consumers may be looking for immediate or dramatic results. The FDA has acknowledged that there are legitimate dietary supplement products in these three categories, noting that tainted products “…undermine confidence in legitimately marketed dietary supplements in these and other categories.”

Contact the FDA:
Consumer Health Information Staff
Room 5377, Building 32
10903 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20993

FDA Resources and News

FDA Consumer Information on Tainted Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements
Resource page and advice for consumers from the FDA

FDA: Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts
List of press releases and other public notices about certain recalls of FDA-regulated products

FDA Warning Letters
Letters to manufacturers that are found to be in violation of dietary supplement regulations

Letter to Dietary Supplement Manufacturers
Message from FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg outlining the industry’s responsibilities and highlighting additional activities by the FDA