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The Skinny On Dietary Supplement Labels

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The Skinny On Dietary Supplement Labels

The legality of dietary supplement labels

According to a recent report by the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general, 20 percent of health and dietary supplements make false claims on labels to dupe people into buying the products. Using inaccurate or misleading labels is illegal and could potentially hurt a company's reputation.

The report said some products claimed to cure or prevent diabetes, cancer, HIV or AIDS - claims companies are not legally allowed to make.

"Consumers rely on a supplement's claims to determine whether the product will provide a desired effect, such as weight loss or immune support," the HHS report said. "Supplements that make disease claims could mislead consumers into using them as replacements for prescription drugs or other treatments for medical conditions, with potentially dangerous results."

Possible side effects of incorrect supplement labels
When drug supplement corporations make false claims on labels, they are not only essentially stealing consumers' money, but putting people's lives at risk. False claims may put people's well-being in jeopardy if the supplements are taken in place of helpful drugs.

The report also noted that supplements that have not been reviewed by the FDA require a disclaimer on the labels, but the study found that 7 percent of supplements do not comply with the rule.