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Small Dietary Supplements Manufacturers Battle the Food and Drug Administration Part Two

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The Food and Drug Administration has directly damaged small manufacturers of dietary supplements in favor of equally damaging substances of historical significance to the country. The FDA has to take health into consideration. This article series explore

Nutrition and supplements have been at odds end with steroids and the FDA has had a similar relationship to independent producers. With an increased awareness for physical physique among a select demographic looking to body build, is it fair for the FDA to squash potential growth of small companies by dictating health concerns? This article is part two of a three part series in supplement provider struggles.  You may form your own opinion.

The debate over steroids may have peaked in the home run races of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in the mid 1990’s in major league baseball. Whether or not the majority of the league was doping, the era was the most prosperous in baseball history, according to radio host Doug Gottlieb on ESPN radio on November 17th, 2010. Fans were selling out stadiums in cities where teams were not in contention because of the home run races and long balls across the nation breaking career records for dozens of players. Interestingly enough several Congressional hearings were held on the subject in 2005 signifying how influential the public opinion and potential power of supplements and regulation the issue of steroids had become.

Recent headlines have been highlighting a federal band on beverages containing both energy drinks and alcohol because of the pertinent health risk to the country. An increased number of states and governments are banning caffeine and alcohol combination drinks including Michigan.

California could be next according to the Los Angeles Times and writer Mary Fogione. This recent development again shines light on the FDA drawing the line of an immediate health threat resulting in a product ban. Again this destroys a new sector of beverage production that was proving to be quite popular. In a time where economic recovery and growth have been stunted another production company will be forced to drastically alter their business plan. These drinks were selling very well on largely word of mouth advertising as opposed to the national campaigns of beer and liquor leaders who are still welcome to advertise nationally on television as opposed to their tobacco counterparts who are firmly restricted on the channels of advertising their corporations may pursue.

The November 2nd general election in the country also may have influences in the decisions made by the FDA going forward. This indication was pout into perspective by Jon Benninger of Virgo Publishing writing about the Republican take over of the House of Representatives and possible effects thereof.



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