By Jennipher Walters
Updated: August 26, 2011

If you're concerned with the quality and safety of your dietary supplements (and, really, who isn't?), there's some good news. After coming under fire for being too hands-off when it comes to the safety of diet drugs and supplements, which are currently regulated as a category of food - not drugs - by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FDA recently released a draft of a new report that would require all manufacturers to provide evidence that all "new dietary ingredients" are safe for consumers.

According to the FDA and dietary supplements report, this change is "an important preventive control to ensure that consumers are not exposed to unnecessary public health risks from new ingredients with unknown safety profiles." To be a "new dietary ingredient" an ingredient must not have been marketed in the United States as a dietary supplement before October 15, 1994.

To learn more about these possible new regulations, read the FDA dietary supplement paper here.

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