CHPA and CRN and their member companies recognize the importance of providing quality dietary supplements, which includes multivitamins, to enhance consumer health and fill nutritional gaps. We believe that the strength of our industry relies on adherence to high quality standards and find it critically important that the regulating authorities have the resources they need to fully enforce rules and regulations for quality. In addition, our member companies work together with our organizations to identify and develop useful tools to ensure compliance with all aspects of dietary supplement manufacturing.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforce numerous regulations governing dietary supplement manufacturing, labeling, and marketing.  In addition, FDA has inspection authority to ensure quality throughout the manufacturing process, under the agency’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) regulations, issued in 2007 and made effective for all companies in June 2010. GMPs set standards for testing and manufacturing. GMPs include:

·         Raw materials quality assurance;

·         Record-keeping of substances throughout the manufacturing process;

·         Standards for cleanliness and safety;

·         Qualifications of manufacturing personnel;

·         Finished product specifications, and

·         Production and process controls.

We fully support the FDA and the FTC’s strong enforcement against those who do not comply with the law. 

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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