CSPI On FDA Initiative

Statement of CSPI Legal Affairs Director Bruce Silverglade

December 18, 2002

Today’s action lowers the standard for health claims for foods to that which has been followed for dietary supplements. The supplement claims standard has led to a marketplace free-for-all of misleading claims that we fear will now spread to the much larger food industry. While FDA has promised to step up enforcement actions, the agency, as a practical matter, has little resources to do so and no significant new funding appears to be forthcoming from Congress.


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