If it looks like dandelion, smells like dandelion and tastes like dandelion, does that mean it is dandelion? Not as far as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned, and that’s a problem for Urban Moonshine, a small but growing herbal supplement business in Burlington.
The company, founded by Jovial King in her kitchen in 2009, will do more than $1 million in business this year, and employs 17 people at its headquarters on South Champlain Street. But now King finds herself spending tens of thousands of dollars she didn’t expect to spend to comply with relatively new regulations issued by the FDA for dietary supplements.
Urban Moonshine is required to prove that what it believes to be dandelion really is a dandelion by subjecting it to third party testing — in this case at a lab in California — to identify its chemical fingerprint through chromatography. The company will have to submit that data, and similar data for some 60 other ingredients it uses, to the FDA to be in compliance.
“The FDA’s mantra is, ‘In God we trust, everyone else must prove data,'” said Guido Mase, Urban Moonshine’s chief herbalist.
Source: burlington free press