The gloves are finally off with the U.S. Justice Department filing criminal charges against six USPlabs executives for the unlawful sale of nutritional supplements. It is a part of a wider probe announced by federal agencies to stem the sale of a tide of products with dubious and unproven claims. USPlabs makes the best-selling workout supplement Jack3d.
The Fed Government is finally cracking its whip to bring a semblance of control on the unregulated dietary supplement industry. Ben Mizer, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, announced a slew of measures to control a tide of unlawful dietary supplements in the US. There has been a spate of lawsuits and severe illness as a result of consumption of these substances, and this could have finally provoked the authorities to act.
The National Institutes of Health has reported that a majority of US adults take these dietary supplements either sporadically or regularly. The FDA does not approve these substances and, therefore, the industry that is estimated to be worth $40 billion remains largely unregulated. This gives the companies a chance to push forward some supplements laced with an exotic cocktail of ingredients with questionable action in the human body.
A study which was done in 2014 and was published in the American Medical Association Journal found that two-thirds of the supplements that were recalled by FDA earlier still contained the objectionable prescription drugs.
The hidden ingredients can also prove to be lethal for human health. There have been more than 23,000 emergency room visits every year related to dietary supplements, according to a paper published in The New England Journal of Medicine in October.
Tuesday’s announcement seeks to clean up the supplement industry and bring it under some accountability. The coming months will see some steps being taken, and it will also include other departments like Federal Trade Commission, the FDA, the U.S. Postal Services, the Department of Defense, and the Anti-Doping Agency.