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FTC Expected To Control Claims For Dietary Supplements

February 24, 2010: 11:10 AM EST
Todd Harrison, a partner at Venable, a law firm based in Washington D.C., claims that the Federal Trade Commission could soon impose rules aimed at controlling product claims made by marketers of dietary supplements and functional foods. Harrison says that “various marketers” will need to substantiate claims by two human studies, each conforming to a set of “acceptable” protocols and conducted by experts independent of each other. He adds that these consent decrees will likely be extended to the whole dietary supplements industry in time. Harrison argues that the rules mean that even if the studies’ results are positive, the claims still cannot be made if the existing body of evidence indicates the opposite. He describes as “legally dubious” the situation in which although “a company can’t rely on third party studies to back their claims, the FTC can use third party studies to refute a company’s studies”.
"FTC to Require Product-Specific Studies to Back Claims", Nutraceuticals World, February 24, 2010, © Rodman Publishing
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