20% of Supplements Illegally Labeled: Feds
Diet and immune-boosting supplements make false, dangerous claims, feds say
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2012 6:43 AM CDT
This undated photo released by the Office of Inspector General of Department of Health and Human Services shows a label from a dietary supplement.   (AP Photo/Office of Inspector General of Department of Health and Human Services)

(Newser) – Dieters beware: A new report has found that dozens of dietary supplements out there bear labels that make false, illegal claims that could pose a major threat to consumers, the AP reports. Federal investigators purchased 127 types of supplements both online and in stores and found that 20% made unsubstantiated claims, with some saying they offered a cure for diabetes or cancer, or could help people with HIV or AIDS.

Companies that did submit proof of their claims cited sources like Wikipedia, online dictionaries, and decades-old reports. False labels run health risks in that they may convince some consumers to take the supplements rather than doctor-approved medication. In response, the FDA says it may ask Congress for more control to review supplement companies' scientific evidence, something federal regulations do not currently require.

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Oct 3, 2012 1:22 PM CDT
This industry is so crooked. Same as that guy on TV saying "the goverment has banned me from telling you the truth". "Kevin Trudeau"?
Oct 3, 2012 11:17 AM CDT
The FDA is concerned about supplements? That's a joke. And so is the FDA. The only thing they're worried about is controlling supplements to help the drug companies make more (since the FDA is in bed with most of them). People are realizing the FDA-approved drugs are worse than their health condition. So people take supplements. FDA can't have stand that since they don't have control over them. Time to rehaul the FDA and throw them all out. Better yet, make them take the drugs they approved that have hurt or killed people - Zoloft, Activ, Chantix, Reglan, Yasmin/Yaz, Paxil....and the list goes on and on.
Oct 3, 2012 8:48 AM CDT
Get your miracle pills, right here! Cures everything from obesity to erectile dysfunction! I am reminded of those old-timey miracle elixirs.