Amazon Testing Update Could, As FDA And Industry Want, Purge Bad Actors From Supplement Market
Latest update to Amazon’s screening policy for supplements requires showing sexual enhancement and weight loss products have been tested by third-party labs and lays out additional requirements for all supplement products.
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“Amazon has taken some action when alerted by the FDA about sales” of violative supplements, but FDA "found that other such products continue to be offered for sale” by the firm through its Fulfillment by Amazon service, according to untitled letter.
Amazon requires firms selling supplements on its site in the US to demonstrate their products comply with FDA regulations for labeling and GMPs. Marketers that don’t submit documentation face removal of their products from the site.
FDA’s GMP final rule set uniform standards to ensure quality throughout manufacturing, packaging, labeling and holding of supplements, but Supplement Safety and Compliance Initiative says manufacturing practices continue to vary widely across the industry and the agency cannot inspect every facility. “FDA can’t solve all our problems. I don’t know if FDA knows the number of facilities it needs to inspect to ensure consumer confidence," says Daniel Fabricant, president of SSCI member NPA.