Governing Body For Nutritional Supplements
Could you please tell me what governing body approves the New Zealand based Xtend-Life nutritional health supplements you recommend on nutritional-supplement-truths.com?
Does New Zealand have something similar to the United States FDA? Thanks
Answer From Brett
Thanks for visiting nutritional-supplement-truths and for contacting me with what is a very important question when it comes to all nutritional health and vitamin supplements and not just those which I recommend (and use personally) from the Xtend-Life Company.
Although the regulatory structure in New Zealand governing dietary supplements (which includes vitamin/health supplements) is extremely tough (similar to the draconianally 'tough' rules in Australia), this doesn't come into play for the Xtend-Life Company in relation to the "governing body" perspective.
This is because, although Xtend-Life supplements are sold to over 40 countries worldwide, their largest customer base (by far) is in the USA.
Therefore, Xtend-Life chooses to operate under US FDA GMP rules.
In June 2007 the US FDA released its final revised rules on GMP for the manufacture of dietary supplements (we waited 5 years for those! (Depending on the number of employees, companies have until June 2010 to become compliant.)
Now, at this time, the US FDA GMP are considered the 'gold standard' governing body for nutritional supplements.
Those of us in the industry know it's not that simple!
The problem is that (at present) the US FDA only does SPOT INSPECTIONS!
And this is simply NOT GOOD ENOUGH!
This is one of the key reasons why so many ineffective, poorly put together and in some cases potentially dangerous supplements are still being manufactured and sold to unsuspecting consumers.
There are MANY dishonest and disreputable nutritional supplement manufacturers out there unloading poor quality supplements (which through sophisticated marketing presentations are made to look like superior /effective products).
Enforcement is the key problem!
Warren told me that to offer his customers greater security and transparency, they are planning on bringing out auditors from NSF in the US to do an inspection and to register with their GMP which is actually tougher than the US FDA.
However, that will not be until later this year (2009).
GOOD HEALTH ALWAYS EVERYBODY!