Report: Many Dietary Supplements Are Contaminated

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vitaminsMany popular dietary supplements contain ingredients that may cause cancer, heart problems, liver or kidney damage, but U.S. stores sell them anyway and Americans spend millions on them, according to Consumer Reports.The consumer magazine published a report on Tuesday highlighting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s lack of power to regulate such supplements, and said the agency rarely uses what little power it does have.

The report from the influential group urged Congress to speed up small moves toward giving the agency more clout, especially in regulating supplements.

Despite the “natural” labels carried by many of the supplements, many are contaminated.

Yet Americans flock to take them, according to the magazine, citing the Nutrition Business Journal as saying the market was worth $26.7 billion in 2009.

“Of the more than 54,000 dietary supplement products in the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, only about a third have some level of safety and effectiveness that is supported by scientific evidence,” the report reads.

In addition, the FDA has not inspected any supplement factories in China, even though the agency set up field offices there starting in 2008, Consumer Reports said.

{MSNBC/Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}

3 COMMENTS

  1. This is old news. If you speak to any doctor he or she would tell you not to go near any of these supplements. Unfortunately many of our brethren believe in these supplements and the people who distribute them. If only they knew what the Rambam said about quacks like this!

  2. Mastsav shouldn’t have simply reported this. It has the makings of good article but someone needs to cite some of the evidence that CR used for the conclusions they made about contaminated- evidence that would be legitimate.
    True CR has a great reputation, but more details are needed so we know what to stay away from – a link, or the details, are in order.

  3. AND PEOPLE THINK IF ITS KOSHER IT MEANS IT IS SAFE. oNE THING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANOTHER. ANYONE WHO EATS ANY PRODUCT COMING OUT CHINA SHOULD HAVE THEIR HEAD EXAMINED.

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