On January 14, 2014 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two final reports providing guidance to determine the clear cut line between dietary supplements and beverages. Over the past few years there has been increased marketing in both dietary supplements and food beverages. Most products have been misrepresented due to labeling, marketing and ingredients. According to the FDA the purpose of this guidance is to, “…describe the factors to consider when determining whether a liquid product should be marketed as a dietary supplement or a conventional food”. Here are the key points/examples on determining what is a dietary supplement and what is a beverage:
Even though lines and specific regulations have been made, the distinctions between supplement and beverage is still a little gray. The FDA has made great progress differentiating between the two. Hopefully, in the future manufacturers will be able to work efficiently and productively without the worry of FDA product distinctions. You can read more about liquid vitamins and supplements on various liquid supplement blogs.