Why the FDA Can’t Guarantee Your Supplement Will Meet Label Claims
by Lee Labrada
Every once in a while, late-night new shows like to take a magnifying glass to the supplement industry and expose some of biggest and baddest scams out there. Products that don’t meet label claims, don’t work, or are downright dangerous to your health are often profiled. The broadcaster’s message is clear: If you care about the state of your health and your bank account, you need to avoid these sub-par supplements.
How Are You Supposed to Know What Supplements Work?
But what do you do when you don’t have a team of news investigators by your side? How are you supposed to know which supplements work and which ones don’t? And how can you be sure that what’s listed on each label is actually included in the formula? It’s not like supplements come branded with a “MEETS LABEL CLAIMS” sticker.
If only a governing body existed to help keep ineffective or improperly labelled supplements off the shelf – an agency whose job it was to carefully monitor the entire industry. That would certainly make supplement shopping a whole lot easier! Well, such a governing body does exist, and it’s called the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplements after they reach the market. Those that fail to meet its standards can even be forced off the shelf. But as great as all this sounds on paper, the FDA can’t realistically monitor each and every single supplement out there. After all, new products are emerging every day and FDA manpower is limited.
That’s why it’s so important for you, the consumer, to take matters into your own hands. By conducting your own research and learning more about today’s popular supplement companies, you’ll be better equipped to choose the products that are best for you.
On the FDA’s “To Do” List
The FDA has its hands full, and highest on its priority list is safety. Most of its time is spent making sure that there are no contaminants (like E.coli), harmful materials (like heavy metals), or banned substances (like anabolic steroids) in your supplements. The FDA also zeros in on supplement companies making outlandish claims, such as being able to cure cancer or provide drug-like effects in an impossible time frame. Lower on the agency’s priority list is ensuring that your supplement meets label claims – i.e. that the product in question contains all the ingredients it promises to contain, in the proper amounts.
True, a product that doesn’t meet label claims might not sound as harmful as a product that contains dangerous or banned substances. But think about it this way: When you purchase a supplement, you expect the formula to match the label and to perform as advertised. If it doesn’t contain the ingredients it claims to (or only contains them in miniscule, inadequate amounts) the product isn’t going to work the way you’ve been promised. The end result could mean no results, which of course is a waste of your time and money. It’s how some supplement companies are ripping people off every day.
Knowing that it can’t oversee every product, the FDA has put the responsibility back on supplement companies and their manufacturers to follow good manufacturing practices and to meet label claims. This is in line with the DHSEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act) of 1994, which states that dietary supplement manufacturers are responsible for ensuring their products are safe before being marketed. Unlike in the pharmaceutical field, supplement companies do not need to register their products or get approval from the FDA before marketing them, unless they are introducing a brand new dietary ingredient. They are required to have truthful label information – but as mentioned, this rule isn’t always followed. Limited FDA resources mean it’s easy for mislabelled supplements to fly under the radar.
Part of the reason why quality and integrity don’t always prevail is because of the supplement industry’s low barrier to entry. Almost anyone can start up a company, find a manufacturer, and get a new supplement developed in record time. Ingredient quality is often intentionally compromised, and proper testing is bypassed – all to save money. The product ships and ends up on store shelves. If the FDA doesn’t catch wind of all this and demand a recall, the product could easily end up in your hands.
Labrada – Committed to Truthful Labelling
There are those supplement companies that meet FDA standards and those that don’t. How can you be sure that Labrada Nutrition is one that does?
For 15 years, Labrada has been developing products that provide real, noticeable results. If it were resorting to inferior ingredients or cutting corners in any way, these results wouldn’t be seen. But to this day, people all over the world continue to trust Labrada for help in burning fat, building muscle, and achieving their best body ever. Countless other supplement companies have emerged in the past decade and a half, only to shut down (or be shut down) since then. Very few have had the longitude that Labrada has.
From the beginning, Labrada has been set on “truth in advertising.” What you see on the label is what you get in the formula. Only research-proven and time-tested ingredients make the cut – and they are always included in the amounts listed on the package.
Just as important as what’s in your supplement is where it’s produced. With any Labrada product, you can have peace of mind that it’s been made in a professional facility that exceeds pharmaceutical-grade standards. Every single raw material entering the facility is quarantined, identified, and verified before being allowed on the production floor, and is then tested again during production. Once the final product is ready, further testing is done to ensure proper potency, concentration, and microbiological activity. A full heavy metal analysis and banned substance test is also conducted before it’s launched.
Labrada could easily compromise its standards, but its commitment to truth and to your results mean it never will. For the past 15 years and for many more years to come, Labrada stands for quality.
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