Food

Dietary Supplement Products & Ingredients

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act defines a dietary ingredient as a vitamin; mineral; herb or other botanical; amino acid; dietary substance for use by man to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake; or a concentrate, metabolite, constituent, extract, or combination of the preceding substances.

Unlike drugs, supplements are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure diseases. That means supplements should not make claims, such as “reduces pain” or “treats heart disease.” Claims like these can only legitimately be made for drugs, not dietary supplements.

Dietary supplements include such ingredients as vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and enzymes. Dietary supplements are marketed in forms such as tablets, capsules, softgels, gelcaps, powders, and liquids.

Under existing law, including the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act passed by Congress in 1994, the FDA can take action to remove products from the market, but the agency must first establish that such products are adulterated (e.g., that the product is unsafe) or misbranded (e.g., that the labeling is false or misleading).

The following is information on selected dietary supplement products, ingredients, and other substances:

The following are archived items of interest:

 

Contact FDA

Office of Dietary Supplement Programs

 

Toll Free 1-888-SAFEFOOD, 1-888-723-3366
or 240-402-2375
ODSP@fda.hhs.gov

 

Food and Drug Administration

(HFS-810)
Office of Dietary Supplement Programs

5001 Campus Drive

College Park, MD 20740

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