Q&A: Food for thought ... Dietary aids virtually unregulated

Who regulates the safety of dietary supplement products in the United States?

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the Food and Drug Administration oversees dietary supplement products in the U.S. Since October 1994, and the signing of the DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act), supplement manufacturers have an essential responsibility to substantiate the safety of their products.

However, research studies in people to prove that a dietary supplement is safe are not required before the supplement is marketed, unlike for drugs.

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