USP workshop addresses adulteration of foods, dietary supplements

October 20, 2011

Adulteration is a significant concern for food ingredients and dietary supplements. The U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) will be holding a workshop on Nov. 16 –17 at the USP Meetings Center in Rockville, Md., dealing with the intentional and unintentional adulteration of foods and dietary supplements. Through this two-day workshop, USP is seeking direction from industry on the types of compendial standards it should develop to best serve its stakeholders and promote public health.

Discussions will focus on the assessment of current aspects of production and distribution, analytical approaches for guarding against adulteration and fraud, and the proposal of specific case studies including: steroids in dietary supplements, weight loss products, traditional medicines, pomegranate, natural colorants, spices, essential oils from star anise, and skim milk powder.

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