“We all need to know that what we take is safe. Today the FDA called the dietary supplements industry to task for deceptive practices that have hidden from consumers the presence of potentially harmful ingredients in some supplements,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group.
Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of Food and Drugs, issued a letter today to dietary supplement manufacturers reporting that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratory tests “have revealed an alarming variety of undeclared active ingredients in products marketed as dietary supplements.” According to the letter the FDA has found hidden or deceptively labeled ingredients that are the active ingredients in FDA-approved drugs or their analogs and other compounds, such as synthetic steroids, that do not qualify as dietary ingredients. Dr. Hamburg told the industry that under law, these products are illegal because they are unapproved new drugs and/or adulterated dietary supplements.
According to Dr. Delgado, “Before using any dietary supplement you should check with your health provider about if it is the right choice for your health.” To support individuals who do not have a health provider, the Alliance announced that consumers could call the bilingual and toll-free Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 1-866-SU-FAMILIA (1-866-783-2645) for information and referral to free and low-cost health services in their community.