Supplement Sector Regulatory Milestones: Senators' Enforcement Push, GNC Supply Chain Guidelines
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Former FDA OCI Director George Karavetsos says GNC's supply chain guidelines for its vendors is the industry standard, while Sens. Hatch and Heinrich exceeded all standards by recommending DoJ get tougher on firms violating FDA supplement product regulations,
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Federal prosecutors already have cooperation in their case against USPlabs from GNC in exchange for a "non-prosecution" commitment, and might seek help from an executive with S.K. Labs recently convicted on five criminal counts stemming from a separate investigation.
DoJ announces a "non-prosecution agreement" that requires GNC to pay $2.25m and to cooperate in dietary supplement market investigations conducted by FDA and other federal agencies, including the current litigation against USPlabs.
After spearheading the start of a coalition to improve the industry's image, GNC develops guidelines on tracking ingredients from cultivation to harvest and through to processing, storage, transportation and testing. It also plans a significant increase in the number of its stores that franchisees operate.