FDA creates new group to look at alternatives to animal testing in supplement production

The Food and Drug Administration has created a new Botanical Safety Consortium, to evaluate the safety of botanical ingredients and mixtures in supplements.

The group a partnership between the public and private sectors will look at a range of issues including alternatives to animal testing.

Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said, "This group will look at novel ways to use cutting-edge toxicology tools, including alternatives to animal testing, to promote the goals of safety and effectiveness we share with consumers and other stakeholders."

It is part of what Gottlieb called, "one of the most significant modernizations of dietary supplement regulation and oversight in more than 25 years" according to CNBC.

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