The front page of Nagpur Today – an Indian news website – is running with the headline that the “FDA raids Herbalife”:
A full version of the article can be read here and includes the following ominous statements, when translated using Google:
Nagpur: Keeping mushrooming of nutritional supplement retailers and their dubious activities of dangling weight loss promise in mind, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) raided godown of Gajanan Nagar-based Herbalife International Private Limited and took samples of three health supplements. The FDA has also seized a stock of health supplements worth Rs 16.83 lakh. Overdose of nutraceuticals
The raid action was initiated by Assistant Commissioner Milind Deshpande. The squad members included Food Safety Officers Abhay Deshpande, Pravin Umap, Seema Surkar, and Kiran Gedam.
The FDA has warned of initiating severe action against the erring food supplement retailers in the coming days also. Like drugs, dietary supplements have risks and side effects. But sellers aren’t required to do research studies in people to prove that a dietary supplement is safe. And unlike drugs, dietary supplements are mostly self-prescribed with no input from informed medical sources like doctors, nurses, or pharmacists. Supplement makers are required to report serious harmful effects to the FDA.
I’m guessing we will probably hear nothing about this from the company. Regardless, another brick to add into the wall. The world – not just those here in the U.S. – are starting to wise up to Herbalife.