Washington D.C.— petition with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). CRN is requesting FTC clarify certain aspects of its new Health Products Compliance Guidance. As WholeFoods Magazine has reported, inDietary Supplements: An Advertising Guide For Industry
Concerns CRN has with FTC's guidance:
In simple terms, CRN explained: "The FTC’s new guidance discourages the dissemination of truthful nutrition information because it constructs a impression that RCTs are required for general well-being and structure/function claims, with no flexibility for the consideration of other forms of reliable evidence."
CRN stressed that saying companies should commission RCTs for all nutritional support claims out of an abundance of caution is not the solution. Why? "Such studies are not always the most appropriate form of scientific evidence to demonstrate the general health effects of dietary ingredients." CRN made its point by providing numerous examples of where RCTs would, at most, have shown the effects of deficiency of a nutrient, and could be unethical given the necessity of many nutrients to human health.