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HHS Inspector General Finds Widespread Illegal Labeling Of Weight Loss, Immune Support Supplements

October 3, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says in a new report that a large number of weight loss and immune support supplements violate federal labeling laws and do not provide required scientific evidence supporting health claims. According to the report, of 127 dietary supplements analyzed, seven percent lacked a required FDA disclaimer, and 20 percent “included prohibited disease claims on their labels”. The Inspector General made several recommendations to the FDA, including improvement of the notification system for claims, and expansion of market surveillance “to enforce the use of disclaimers for structure/function claims and to detect disease claims”.
Daniel R. Levinson Inspector General, "Report: Dietary Supplements: Structure/Function Claims Fail To Meet Federal Requirements", Report, Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General, October 03, 2012, © Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General
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