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FDA Takes Steps to Remove Dietary Supplements With Misleading Labels

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FDA Takes Steps to Remove Dietary Supplements With Misleading Labels

The Food and Drug Administration is aiming to keep consumers safe from dietary supplements,specifically those for weight loss, sexual enhancement and bodybuilding, that may contain harmful ingredients inconsistent with the labeling.

The dietary supplement industry received a letter from the FDA warning them about spiking their products with steroids, prescription drugs and other substances, Andrew Zajac wrote in The Los Angeles Times.

"Unlike drugs, dietary supplements don't have to be proven safe before being sold, and manufacturers can make general claims about health benefits," Zajac wrote.

Since 2007, approximately 300 supplements have been found to contain dangerous or illegal ingredients, the source reported.

Consumers should avoid products with labels that claim to be alternatives to FDA-approved drugs, Michael Levy, director of the FDA's division of new drugs and labeling compliance, told The Clarksville Online. Additionally, he advised consumers to stay away from drugs labeled only in a foreign language or marketed via mass emails.