“Perhaps the real answer lies not with fiber but with red meat.”
“Is it true the new FDA laws can make it illegal to sell oranges as health food?”
The 2007 FDA regulations regarding the manufacturing and sale of herbal supplements is on a lot of our minds lately. But despite the propaganda-laden spiels you’ll see on some “natural” web sites, the new regulations aren’t going to change things all that much. Here’s why:
Contrary to what many people believe, the FDA already regulates the sale and marketing of herbal supplements. This new policy won’t change that. It simply clarifies the rules a little more.
Will The FDA Put Herbs Stores Out Of Business?
These new policies absolutely do not apply to retail stores. The idea that the FDA is going to rush in and confiscate a store’s entire inventory of everything from herbal supplements to fresh vegetables is a scare-mongering lie spread to undermine consumer confidence in the various regulatory agencies.
Nor will these new regulations change the way legitimate practitioners of herbal medicine work. The only people who should be worried are those making unproven claims about herbs and other natural therapies. But that’s already illegal, anyway.
Legitimate Herbal Experts Support These New Regs
The American Botanical Council, the single largest and most legitimate resource for herbal information in this country has this to say, “The new rules will probably have minimal impact on many responsible and foresighted manufacturers of herbs and other dietary supplements.”
My Final Word
In this industry (herbal medicine) it’s considered trendy to bash the government, mainstream medicine, science and anyone else who plays by the rules. But if herbal medicine is ever going to gain the trust of the American public, is HAS to distance itself from the snake-oil salesmen of decades past and the charlatans of late-night infomercials.
If nothing else, these new FDA regulations for herbal and dietary supplements are a big step in the right direction.
American Botanical Council. (2007). FDA Publishes Final GMP Rules for Dietary Supplements. New Rules Offer Flexibility; Not As Stringent as Expected.
US Food and Drug Administration. (2007). FDA issues dietary supplements final rule.
“Think about it for a moment. How can just smelling rosemary cause a miscarriage if eating and gardening with rosemary are considered perfectly safe? It just doesn’t make sense, does it?”