FDA: Problems with many vitamin and supplement companies - FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com

FDA: Problems with many vitamin and supplement companies

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Americans should have serious concerns about what is really in their vitamins and supplements, according to Dr. Ken Spaeth, the chief of occupational and environmental medicine for North Shore LIJ Health System.

He said he has seen cases of heavy metals and PCBs in supplements. He is not surprised by a recent Newsday report that indicated that 70 percent of all supplement companies have violated the FDA's manufacturing regulations.

Nationwide, 16 recalls of products have been issued in the last two months alone, including for a Long Island-based company and its manufacturer that were found to have produced products containing anabolic steroids. Dr. Spaeth treated more than 20 people who became ill in that case.

Supplements are classified as food and aren't regulated the same way that pharmaceutical products are. Any changes would have to come from the Congress. That could bring major push back from the industry.

By some estimates vitamin sales generate more than $28 billion a year.

  • HealthMore>>

  • Overall US Dietary Quality Remained Low

    Overall US Dietary Quality Remained Low

    Overall US Dietary Quality Remained Low Higher socioeconomic status associated with a healthier diet (dailyRx News) Since 2000, US officials have made several policy changes in nutrition and proper food processing....
    Overall US Dietary Quality Remained Low Higher socioeconomic status associated with a healthier diet (dailyRx News) Since 2000, US officials have made several policy changes in nutrition and proper food...
  • Diabetes May Slow the Middle-Aged Brain

    Diabetes May Slow the Middle-Aged Brain

    Diabetes May Slow the Middle-Aged Brain Type 2 diabetes in those ages 50 to 65 may increase the likelihood of mild cognitive impairment (dailyRx News) As people age, their brains may not work at full speed. For...
    Diabetes May Slow the Middle-Aged Brain Type 2 diabetes in those ages 50 to 65 may increase the likelihood of mild cognitive impairment (dailyRx News) As people age, their brains may not work at full...
  • Nonsurgical treatments suggested for women's urinary incontinence

    Nonsurgical treatments suggested for women's urinary incontinence

    Effective treatment options exist for women with urinary incontinence that don't involve medication or surgery, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians.
    Effective treatment options exist for women with urinary incontinence that don't involve medication or surgery, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices