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Probiotics and FDA Oversight: What You Need to Know

November 11, 20231 min read

In the world of dietary supplements, probiotics have gained significant attention for their potential health benefits. However, the regulatory landscape surrounding these products might surprise you.

The FDA doesn't subject probiotics to the same rigorous testing as pharmaceutical drugs. Why? Well, it's because probiotics are not classified as drugs. When a probiotic company plans to bring a new product to the market, they're required to submit a notice to the FDA. This notice includes a list of ingredients and safety information for the probiotic. Once this notice is sent, the manufacturer can start selling its supplements to the public after a waiting period of 90 days. It's important to note that this FDA oversight primarily focuses on ensuring the safety of these supplements, not necessarily their effectiveness. As a result, this more relaxed regulatory approach has allowed questionable products to flood the market.

Here's the catch: what's written on the label in terms of the number of live probiotics in the bottle may not always align with the actual contents. Furthermore, companies are not obligated to provide documentation proving the presence of specific bacteria in their supplements. This lack of accountability means that there's little motivation for these companies to explore and innovate with new probiotics.

If you're concerned about the quality and effectiveness of probiotic products, you're not alone. For those seeking reliable information on food and nutrition to achieve optimal health, I invite you to subscribe to my Health Newsletter. We're committed to helping you make informed decisions about your well-being.

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Brandon Drake

Brandon, the VP of Business Development at LabSmarts, empowers practitioners with bio-individualized blood work interpretation software, enhancing accuracy and efficiency in analysis while preserving personalized healthcare philosophies for optimal patient care. Brandon also works as Business Development Consultant at a leading CRM company. His role involves fostering partnerships with individuals and organizations keen on optimizing their operational processes and elevating customer and prospect interactions. The overarching objective is to catalyze business growth. Brandon’s approach centers on in-depth comprehension of your unique business landscape, objectives, and pain points. This enables him to discern how his company’s CRM technology can effectively resolve your specific challenges. His foremost aim is to empower customers to harness the full potential of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions, thereby streamlining operations, enhancing efficiency, and fostering growth, all while maintaining the human touch in the digital age. Brandon Drake

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