US FDA Again Stops At Qualified Health Claim For Supplements: Cranberry Reduces UTI Risk
FDA intends to exercise enforcement discretion regarding QHCs about the association between reduced risk of recurrent UTI and use of supplements with at least 500 mg cranberry fruit powder and of cranberry juice beverages containing at least 27% cranberry juice.
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Claims supplements could be stronger, says a veteran food and supplement industry attorney, if FDA would give appropriate credit to the scientific evidence that firms are providing with their requests to use unqualified health claims.
"The reality is that the FDA remains unwilling to rely upon a meta-analysis of only the highest quality studies in order to guide its final decision," GOED VP Harry Rice. "I think FDA has really lost sight of how the dietary supplement industry has changed," says attorney Charles Jolly.