Yesterday we saw the UK clamping down on homeopathy. Today we see the US clamping down on fraudulent nutritional supplements. These are good days:
Makers of Nutritional Supplements Charged in Federal Sweep, New York Times Well Blog, 17 November 2015
Here’s the big kernel:
The indictment against USPlabs, filed in Federal District Court in Dallas, accused the supplement manufacturer of telling its retailers and wholesalers that it used natural plant extracts in its products, when in fact it was using a synthetic stimulant made in a Chinese chemical factory.
USPlabs sold the best-selling workout supplements Jack3d and OxyElite Pro. The supplements were found to contain the amphetamine-like stimulant dimethylamylamine, or DMAA.
Here’s the smaller kernel:
The Justice Department, which worked alongside the F.D.A. and other federal agencies in its investigation, said on Tuesday it had also filed complaints against numerous companies that have sold supplements as cures for diseases or that were otherwise in violation of the law.
On a related note … Just last week I wrote about the nefarious halo surrounding the latest miracle supplement, curcumin. The stuff is all over the place, being purported to prevent and treat everything from body aches and depression to Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer. It could be doing more harm than good.
Benjamin Mizer, the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General working on the USPlabs case, said:
“From California to Maine, consumers ingest pills, powders and liquids every day, not knowing whether they are wasting money or whether they may end up harming, rather than helping, themselves.”