October 4th, 2012
Federal report hits labeling, marketing of dietary supplements
By Associate Press
Dozens of weight loss and immune system supplements on the market are illegally labeled and lack scientific evidence to back up their health claims, government investigators warn in a new review of the $20 billion supplement industry.
The report, released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general, found that 20 percent of the 127 weight loss and immune-boosting supplements investigators purchased online and in retail stores carried labels that made illegal claims to cure or treat disease.
In addition, many of those and other supplements lacked the scientific studies recommended to support their suggested uses.
Some products went so far as to say 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.