Saturday, October 10, 2009

FDA Approval and Sunrider® Products

We’d like to take this opportunity to address an issue that some Sunriders asked about during the Grand Convention:

Does the FDA approve Sunrider® products? 

Why do some products have an FDA disclaimer on them?

While dietary supplements are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in the United States, they do not issue “approvals” of products in this category. There is no such thing as an FDA stamp of approval on a dietary supplement, and if you see one, either the product does not fall into this category, or the manufacturer is making it up. Sunrider’s dietary supplement products follow all of the strict guidelines detailed by the FDA, including following Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). Our manufacturing facility, located in Los Angeles County, is inspected regularly by various health departments. The County inspects once a month, the State inspects every six months, and the FDA inspects at least once a year. Furthermore, Sunrider only uses the safest ingredients, which have been approved for use by the FDA.

Sunrider does indeed have a Drug License, issued by the FDA, for some of our cosmetic products, which the FDA also regulates as drugs. We use the strictest quality control to ensure that our products are safe, effective, and environmentally friendly. This is at the core of Dr. Chen’s Philosophy of RegenerationTM, which ends up placing a much higher standard for Sunrider that other companies do not follow.

The FDA deems particular statements to be what the industry calls “structure/function claims,” which require the FDA disclaimer. Sunrider complies with federal law by placing an FDA disclaimer on our dietary supplements that are accompanied by a structure/function claim. 

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