by Marion Nestle
Dec 19 2007

Should herbal supplements be irradiated?

NOTE: Correction to this post.  I must have been asleep when I wrote it.  Sorry!

Apparently, the Herbal Products Association has petitioned the FDA to allow herbal supplements to be irradiated at doses high enough to kill contaminating bacteria. The American Public Health Association says this is not a good idea. I don’t think so either, of course. I call irradiation a “late-stage techno-fix,” meaning that it takes dirty products and sterilizes them. Shouldn’t the dietary supplement industry get its act together and produce clean supplements to begin with?

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[...] Marion wrote an interesting post today on Should herbal supplements be irradiated?Here’s a quick excerptApparently, the Herbal Products Association has petitioned the FDA to allow herbal supplements to be irradiated at doses high enough to kill contaminating bacteria. The American Public Health Association says this is not a good idea. … [...]

[...] Marion wrote an interesting post today on Should herbal supplements be irradiated?Here’s a quick excerptApparently, the Herbal Products Association has petitioned the FDA to allow herbal supplements to be irradiated at doses high enough to kill contaminating bacteria. The American Public Health Association says this is not a good idea. … [...]

  • Rebecca
  • December 21, 2007
  • 5:14 pm

A correction: the American Herbal Products Association has asked the FDA NOT to allow supplements to be irradiated. They were responding to a petition submitted by a corporation asking for the irradiation. The facts are clear in the story you linked to. I imagine the folks at AHPA (the American Herbal Products Association) would appreciate it if you could correct this blog entry. (I don’t see any reference to the “American Public Health Association” in the story.)

[...] I owe the American Herbal Products Association an apology for my previous post about its position on irradiation, which I got completely backwards. As Rebecca correctly points [...]

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