The Government Accountability Office, the agency that keeps a close eye on government integrity, says the FDA ought to be doing a much better job of regulating dietary supplements. It grants that the FDA has taken “some” or “limited” action to go after potentially unsafe products, of which, apparently, there are plenty. The agency, it says, cannot do its job because it lacks resources and recall authority and gives supplements too low a priority.
This is old news, but the report provides an excellent summary of the history and current status of the dietary supplement industry and its regulation. As is typical of GAO reports, the clarity of presentation is exceptional. Here’s what the New York Times reporter says about it.
Next public appearance
This is the rescheduling of the lecture I was supposed to give on October 10. The taxi driver went through red light at entrance to the Pulaski, was pulled over and found to be driving without a license. We never made it. The lecture is on food politics. It starts at 6:00. Free and open to the public. The Newark Museum is at 49 Washington Street. This time, I’ll take the PATH.