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Quoted from FDA Issues New Safety Rules for Vitamins
http://www17.netrition.com/cgi/news.cgi?file=20070622180629_0
WASHINGTON - For the first time, manufacturers of vitamins, herbal pills and other dietary supplements will have to test all of their products' ingredients. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it is phasing in a new rule that is designed to address concerns that existing regulations allowed supplements onto the market that were contaminated or didn't contain ingredients claimed on the label.

You may want to read the rest of the linked article.

There are good and bad aspects to this new rule. For instance, I assume that supplements are going to get a lot more expensive, but hopefully it means that things like excess heavy metals won't be found in products in the future.


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+ - good news !........but normally when it is written gmp on em, so they are obliged to go for gmp
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here I have the certification in my papers from Natural Factors ......
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Quoted from FDA News- FDA Issues Dietary Supplements Final Rule
http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01657.html
The aim of the final rule is to prevent inclusion of the wrong ingredients, too much or too little of a dietary ingredient, contamination by substances such as natural toxins, bacteria, pesticides, glass, lead and other heavy metals, as well as improper packaging and labeling.


These links are at the bottom of the article:
Backgrounder: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/dscgmps7.html

Fact Sheet: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/dscgmps6.html

To see a consumer article called "Final Rule Promotes Safe Use of Dietary Supplements," visit http://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/dietarysupps062207.html


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Quoted from ISA-MANUELA
+ - good news !........but normally when it is written gmp on em, so they are obliged to go for gmp
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here I have the certification in my papers from Natural Factors ......

Did you read the full article at the link provided in this previous post Heavy Metal Contamination in Dietary Supplements, which puts into question of the value of GMP labeling. Here is the paragraph from the article about the issue.
Quoted from Heavy-Metal Contamination is a Real Problem
http://www.imjournal.com/im/web_pdfs/liva.pdf
Most recently, ConsumerLab (www.ConsumerLab.com) tested 21 different multivitamin formulas. Of the several that flunked was a women’s multivitamin from a well-known and popular retail brand. ConsumerLab said the multivitamin was contaminated with 15.3 mcg of lead per daily serving. This is 30 times more than the amount of lead permitted without a warning label in California—the only state to regulate lead in supplements. The offending company protested loudly, questioning both the labs and the test methods used, and also stating that they followed good manufacturing practices (GMPs). Chances are that this is an example of a company getting caught not doing the quality-assurance due-diligence testing they should have been doing and now they are trying to hide behind the statement that they are a quality company because they follow GMPs. If I haven’t said this enough already in this column: GMPs are a loose set of rules to follow and do not guarantee a quality-assured product. Consistently performed, scientifically valid quality-assurance testing done at a reliable lab, along with following GMPs, is what guarantees quality natural products. No more, no less. Unfortunately, the majority of companies do neither.


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...... ...... ......just asked all my providers for their official & latest exams of their goods ...ahem...my latest paper I've got was from 04...ouch .....  thank you sooo much MoDon for sharing this again....I think we should go and do a sticky about this thema .....
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