Herbalife Quality Control Questions
1. Do you manufacture your own products? How does Herbalife guarantee quality control and quality assurance of its products?
Herbalife owns two manufacturing facilities, in Lake Forest, California, and Suzhou, China. In addition, we contract with manufacturers in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. Our goal is to continue to expand company-owned manufacturing capabilities, while also partnering with select high-quality manufacturers.
2. What government entities regulate Herbalife® products?
Within the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates our conventional foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetics under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, as amended. Herbalife® products contain ingredients either already recognized as safe or otherwise specifically permitted.
All Herbalife® products sold in the United States are labeled according to FDA regulations and must be manufactured in accordance with established quality standards. Vendors are periodically inspected and audited by Herbalife in accordance with the company’s written quality assurance procedures. All Herbalife® food and supplement products, as well as its facilities, are subject to FDA inspection and enforcement authority at all times.
Outside of the United States, we comply with and are regulated by the various ministries of health and food standards agencies in the additional countries where we do business.
Herbalife must submit notifications to the FDA about every dietary supplement product displaying structure/function claims. Herbalife must also report to the FDA all serious adverse events reported to be associated with its dietary supplements.
3. Do Herbalife® products cause liver disease?
Articles have appeared in the peer-reviewed literature alleging an association between Herbalife products and liver disease. However, there have been numerous inconsistencies in the evaluations or criteria used to establish causality in the cases reportedly associated with our products. Herbalife has published numerous rebuttal articles to dismiss these inaccuracies and discrepancies. In fact, detailed inquiries by 25 governments resulted in no regulatory action after investigating our company and these reports.
Liver injury can stem from a number of potential causes or contributing factors which can include (but are not limited to) metabolic disorders, autoimmune diseases, viruses, alcoholism, and medication use. None of our products are sold or marketed for diagnosing, treating, curing or preventing disease anywhere in the world. Herbalife products are formulated for healthy individuals and are safe when consumed following the directions on the label. Consumers who have medical conditions should check with their personal health care provider to determine which products are most appropriate for them.