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 Q:  What is FDA's oversight responsibility for dietary supplements?


 A:

Because dietary supplements are under the "umbrella" of foods, FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) is responsible for the agency's oversight of these products. FDA's efforts to monitor the marketplace for potential illegal products (that is, products that may be unsafe or make false or misleading claims) include obtaining information from inspections of dietary supplement manufacturers and distributors, the Internet, consumer and trade complaints, occaisional laboratory analyses of selected products and adverse events associated with the use of supplements that are reported to the agency.

 

Source: Excerpted from Overview of Dietary Supplements January 2001

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