It appears that a large number of weight loss and immune system supplements on the market are illegally labeled and lack the recommended scientific evidence to back up their purported health claims. Government investigators have issued a warning relating to a new review of the $20 billion supplement industry. The report, released last month by the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general, found that 20% of the 127 weight loss and immune-boosting supplements investigators purchased online and in retail stores across the country carried labels that made illegal claims to cure or treat disease. Some products went so far as to state that the supplements could cure or prevent diabetes or cancer, or that they could help people with HIV or AIDS, which is strictly prohibited under federal law.
Consumers may not just be wasting their money on pills or tablets, but they could be endangering their health if they take a supplement in place of a drug believing it will have the same effect, the report concluded. If you agree that companies in the highly lucrative supplement industry should always tell the truth in their product claims, but also that the FDA should do a better job of regulation, let your U.S. Senators and House members know how you feel. It’s only when some members of Congress hear from their home folks that they respond favorably on consumer issues. Otherwise, the highly-paid and very powerful corporate lobbyists will certainly get and keep their attention.
Source: Associated Press
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