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Submitted by: Urmi Patel
The dietary supplements are regulated by FDA as “foods” but the regulations are different from drugs and other foods. The dietary supplements are known by various other names such as: Nutraceuticals, Phytaceuticals, Herbaceuticals, Nutrapharmaceuticals, Foodiceuticals, Phytomedicines, Therapeutic foods, Pharmafoods, Phytofoods and Parnuts (food of Particular nutritional uses).
FDA regulates food supplement safety and labeling and FTC i.e., Federal Trade Commission regulates food supplement advertising and marketing. Together, the agencies maintain cooperative relationship and coordinates enforcement and educational efforts.
The dietary supplements are regulated by following acts:
1. NLEA- Nutritional Labeling and Education Act of 1990
It specifies “national uniform nutrition labeling” provision which enacts food nutrition and content labeling requirements which varies from FDCA.
2. DSHEA- Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act of 1994
The act amended the FDCA to define dietary supplements as “foods” fo…
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