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Gingko, Roses, or Just Filler? The New York Attorney General's Attack on Supplements

02/13/2015

We all know that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But what if the roses you give to your sweetheart are actually painted daisies or thorns without flowers? Or worse, if they do not contain flowers at all but instead are made from lychee berries that most certainly would not smell sweet?

The issue now facing four national retailers – and by association, the entire Dietary Supplement industry – is similar. The industry has always faced challenges, whether from bad press due to unsavory producers slipping methamphetamine derivatives into products or due to —or in response to pressure (legitimate and not) from —the FDA. Most of the time, the challenges create a better environment. In a historically self-regulated industry, a little pressure from the FDA, in concert with valid customer complaints, can foster an environment where the smartest companies can respond with better, safer products.

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