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Brand News: NOW Foods Responds to Consumer Reports “Dangerous Supplements” Article

Filed Under: Announcements & News at 4:52 pm | By: David Krane, News Reporter

LuckyBlog Brand News: NOW Foods.

The September 2010 Consumer Reports article entitled “Dangerous Supplements” highlights 12 dietary supplements the authors claim are potentially dangerous. This article has led to numerous news stories that have aired on national TV programs. However,  NOW Foods believes these stories contain inaccurate and misleading information. This may well discourage consumers from availing themselves of the benefits that nutritional supplements convey, and needlessly raise the specter of danger.

Consumer Reports and the related media stories refer to the Supplement Industry as operating with little FDA oversight. The reality is that the Supplement Industry is regulated by the FDA, with manufacturers being audited by the FDA to ensure they meet cGMP requirements (Good Manufacturing Practices). The FDA also regulates labels: all claims must be truthful and not misleading, all ingredients must be listed on the labels, and companies must have documentation to prove claims that must be maintained. Any new supplement ingredient introduced must go through a vetting process with the FDA before it can be legally marketed, similar to the FDA drug approval process in terms of demonstrating safety. Numerous FDA Commissioners have stated that they do have ample authority to regulate the supplements industry – they just don’t have the resources. This is why the industry has long, and very loudly, supported legislation to give FDA more resources to crack down on the fringe companies that do not follow the laws regulating the industry. Also, the FDA has the legal authority to remove from the marketplace any dietary ingredient that they determine to be dangerous.

Supplements have a proven track record of safety, in fact a much better track record than pharmaceuticals, OTC medicines and even common foods. For example, the most recent annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers published in the Journal of Clinical Toxicology reported zero accidental deaths from dietary supplements. Consumers should be more concerned about acetaminophen adverse events, which cause a large number of deaths (estimates vary widely, but usually range between 3,500 and 10,000), liver failures and ER visits annually.

Additionally, most of the herbs listed in the Consumer Reports article are not widely available, and certainly not sold by the vast majority of the industry. To broadly characterize dietary supplements as dangerous on the basis of a handful of products that they claim may be potentially unsafe, is sensational and irresponsible journalism that discredits the proven safety record of this product category and fails to recognize that millions of Americans choose to take supplements every day because they derive significant benefits from them.

NOW Foods, a family owned company, has been manufacturing nutritional products for over 40 years. They manufacture products with a commitment to “provide products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.”

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 2 Comments, latest by Ovid

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2 Responses to “Brand News: NOW Foods Responds to Consumer Reports “Dangerous Supplements” Article”

  1. Mary Lou Johnson says:

    As far as I can determine,the only way the government wants to control supplements and healthy vitamins and minerals is because our food supplies are so contaminated, people are beginning to get very picky about what they buy at the supermarkets, which are controlled by the governments, who are in bed with the FDA, who are sleeping with the pharmeceutical companies, so the government officials do not get their kick-backs. CONTROL THE FOOD SUPPLIES..CONTROL THE PEOPLE. It is my right to supplement my diet and avoid the poison and antibiotic laden meats, the overprocessed packaged foods from which all nutrition has been leeched and not get labeled an Enemy of the State.

    Our freedom to choose how we wish to eat better, remain healthy so we do not have to depend on a “pharmaceutical” to cure us from an ailment caused by contaminants (ordered by the government) to be put into the feeds the animals eat and also sprayed on the vegetables, fruits, etc. consumed in USA; is just that, MY RIGHT AND FREEDOM TO CHOOSE. I am fed up with the government invading my private life from every direction. What the government considers healthy, I consider poison. Of course the representatives in government are being paid very well by the Pharmeceutical companies, so we’re also digging money from their pockets. POWER BACK TO THE PEOPLE. WE CAN NO LONGER BE SHEEP-MINDED CITIZENS. THEY MAY LIVE ON THE HILL BUT WE CAN STILL TAKE THEM DOWN. AND WE MUST BE VIGILANT IN OUR PURSUIT OF OUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE. THANK YOU FOR GIVING US OUR PLATFORM. IT SEEMS WE ARE HAVING TO FIGHT MORE OFTEN AND HARDER TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT FROM CONTROLLING SO MANY ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES THAT WE MUST NOT BREAK NOW. THE CONSTITUTION SAYS “WE THE PEOPLE” Well, I suggest we start thinking that way. We vote them in, WE CAN VOTE THEM OUT!!!!!!!!AND STOP STUFFING THEIR POCKETS. I’D REALLY LIKE TO GO AFTER THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES…HOW BOUT IT ANY BODY OUT THERE FEEL AS I DO? How many people do THEY HAVE TO KILL BEFORE WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THEM?

  2. Ovid says:

    I think someone needs a happy meal

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