Officials Warn Public About Dietary Supplements

Federal health officials say many diet and immune system supplements are not properly labeled and make unproven health claims.

In a recent investigation, officials from the Office of Inspector General found that 20 percent of 127 supplements claiming to help weight loss and strengthen the immune system had illegal labeling by purporting to treat, prevent or cure diseases. The claims lacked proven scientific evidence.

In a related report from the OIG, officials found that many of the companies making these supplements were not properly registered with the FDA, making them difficult to contact during an emergency.

Source: U.S. Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General

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