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FDA Raid Nabs $2 Million in Banned Dietary Supplements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it last week led a raid on Norcross, Georgia dietary supplement manufacturer Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals. During the raid, U.S. Marshals seized more than 1,500 cases of weight loss products. The goods, along with more than 1,200 pounds of raw manufacturing materials and substances, have an estimated retail value of around $2 …

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Study: Most Herbal Supplements Contain No Herbs

The New York Times noted a study last week from a Canadian research team claiming roughly three out of four herbal supplements contain little more than weeds or powdered rice. The research team used a test called DNA barcoding, which has previously been used to uncover fraudulent seafood labeling, on 44 bottles of herbal supplements from 12 companies they, upon …

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More Herbal Supplements Recalled Over Sibutramine

Over the past several weeks, the U.S. FDA has announced the recalls of several herbal weight loss supplements over undeclared ingredients. Products branded “Best Slim” and several Bethel Nutritional Consulting pills were recalled for actually having an active ingredient – sibutramine. Sibutramine was removed from the U.S. market in 2010 over safety concerns for those with heart issues. The substance …

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More Weight Loss Pills Recalled by the FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this week recalled Bethel Nutritional Consulting’s “herbal” weight loss supplements for actually containing drugs. The sort of drugs that could increase blood pressure or cause “serious gastrointestinal disturbances.” Now the FDA has recalled even more unapproved weight loss pills for containing undeclared ingredients. The latest recall concerns a product called “Best Slim,” …

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Weight Loss Supplements Recalled Over Banned Ingredients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Bethel Nutritional Consulting this week recalled the company’s “Quick Thin” and “Bethel Advance” products. The recall was issued due to the FDA finding banned substances inside the capsules. FDA tests on the products found that they contaned the substances Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein. Sibutramine has been linked to an increase in blood pressure …

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Calcium Supplements Could Pose Heart Risks

It’s easy to get enough calcium these days. Dairy products are often fortified with the stuff. The elderly, especially post-menopausal women are often advised to take calcium supplements to increase bone health. However, a European study published this week in the journal Heart has suggested that, instead of improving cardiovascular health, calcium supplements may raise your risk of heart attack. …

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Weight-Loss Supplements Could Lead to Liver Damage

Weight-loss supplements, as well as various body-building products, have recently been linked to liver damage. Although dietary and herbal supplments are used by roughly 40% of the American population, their side effects aren’t very well known or documented, as their sale and distribution is currently unregulated. In a recent study by the U.S. Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network, such supplements were …

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