Navigating Dietary Supplement Regulations

24:56 minutes

Echinacea, vitamins, and other dietary supplements have become a $5 billion industry, but the products don’t need to be pre-approved by the FDA before they go on the market. How do we know what is really in our supplements? What regulations are currently in place? How can we keep ourselves safe and informed?

Segment Guests

David Schardt

David Schardt is senior nutritionist at The Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, D.C.

Victoria Maizes

Victoria Maizes is executive director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a professor of medicine and public health at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

Dick Durbin

Dick Durbin is a U.S. Senator (D-Illinois) in Washington, D.C.

Meet the Producer

About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.