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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to establish standards for the unregulated dietary supplement industry, which could eliminate fraudulent claims and make sure consumers get what they think they’re getting.

“Consumers should have access to dietary supplements that are accurately labeled and free from contaminants,” said Mark McClellan, the FDA Commissioner.

It is estimated that the dietary supplement industry generates about $19 billion in annual sales, yet to this point has not been regulated by any government agency.

Final regulations are expected to be issued next year.
KC's View:
Please. We don’t necessarily think that getting the government involved with issues like these is always a good idea. Frankly, the government is as capable as private industry of totally screwing things up.

But in this case, there are too many products, too many promises, and not nearly enough culpability on the part of the companies who make them.