CFH Praises KeepSupplementsClean.org

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

November 5, 2012

2 Min Read
CFH Praises KeepSupplementsClean.org

Citizens for Health (CFH), a nonprofit consumer advocacy group dedicated to protecting and expanding access to dietary supplements, endorsed keepsupplementsclean.org, saying the site can help consumers avoid adulterated dietary supplements.

In a press release, CFH encouraged its 100,000 members to visit the site, which was created by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) in August 2011 to support FDA's efforts to remove drugs illegally marketed as dietary supplements from the U.S. market. These so-call supplements actually contain prescription drugs or other illegal ingredients.

In December 2010, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D., issued a letter to industry saying the agency would increase its enforcement efforts against tainted supplements, especially in the weight management, sexual health and bodybuilding categories.

While Hamburg focused on industry in her warning almost two years ago, it's good to have consumers aware of the adulteration issue for several reasons. First and foremost, consumers need to protect themselves and their families from harmful products. Keepsupplementsclean.org lists each product that has been flagged by FDA ,and links to information on where the case is in the legal process from warnings to injunctions and guilty pleas.

Keepsupplmentsclean.org also links to FDAs consumer advice on how to avoid these products, and is updated every time FDA, or any international regulator, announces any action against a marketer of an illicit, tainted product.

CFH alerting consumers about the adulteration issue also shows that FDA is regulating the industry, which can help squash calls from lawmakers who want more regulation because they say FDA lacks authority.

Thirdly, it's good for consumers to recognize that AHPAa trade organizationhas undergone the effort to inform industry and consumers which "supplements" are actually adulterated. Good companies and trade organizations do not hide this issue. They understand that bringing a light to adulterated products will help stop it. The more consumers are aware of the actions of industry to correct this adulteration wrong, the more trust they will place in responsible companies.

"If you are a consumer of health-promoting dietary supplements, especially those in the product areas most likely to be contaminated with undeclared ingredients (e.g., weight loss, body-building or sexual enhancement), you can protect yourself from inadvertently consuming a hidden drug or steroid by staying informed through the AHPAs KeepSupplementsClean.org," CFH's press release said. "Stay informed and stay healthy! Dietary supplement users can have confidence in the quality of the vast majority of dietary supplement products, but should also be wary when they encounter products with claims that sound too good to be true."

I applaud AHPA for creating the keepsupplementsclean.org and I applaud CFH for letting consumers know the resource is there.

About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa

Summary

• Well-known subject matter expert within the health & nutrition industry with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on natural products.

• She cares a lot about how healthy products are made, where their ingredients are sourced and how they affect human health.

• She knows that it’s the people behind the businesses — their motivations, feelings and emotions — drive industry growth, so that’s where she looks for content opportunities.

Sandy Almendarez is VP of Content for SupplySide and an award-winning journalist. She oversees the editorial and content marketing teams for the B2B media brands Natural Products Insider and Food and Beverage Insider, the education programming for the health and nutrition trade shows SupplySide East and SupplySide West, and community engagement across the SupplySide portfolio. She is a seasoned content strategist with a passion for health, good nutrition, sustainability and inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in the health and nutrition industry, Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a content-focused business leader. With specialization in topics ranging from product development to content engagement, creative marketing and c-suite decision making, her work is known for its engaging style and its relevance for business leaders in the health and nutrition industry.

In her free time, Sandy loves running, drinking hot tea and watching her two kids grow up. She brews her own “Sandbucha” homemade kombucha; she’s happy to share if you’re ever in Phoenix!

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