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Consumer group warns of dangerous supplements

The Local · 6 Oct 2011, 08:03

Published: 06 Oct 2011 08:03 GMT+02:00

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In a study of 70 products, the Consumer Association of North Rhine-Westphalia said it found everything from weight loss powders to products promising to increase libido were dangerous.

It also found some unscrupulous vendors were using fraudulent stamps of approval from pharmacies or legitimate organisations such as Stiftung Warentest, which rates products for their effectiveness.

The Consumer Association recommended consumers only buy supplements certified by German authorities or carefully research any foreign products before they make a purchase.

Among the most dangerous goods were products meant to improve people’s sexual potency, some of which contained tadalafil. The ingredient can be found in legitimate drugs used to treat sexual dysfunction, but overdoses can be fatal.

Sibutramine, which has been officially withdrawn from the German market due to fears it increases the risk of stroke, was found in some diet pills. Other slimming concoctions contained the potentially carcinogenic substance phenolphthalein.

The report also said that unscrupulous vendors had been using slack regulation of the internet in order to get banned substances onto the German market.

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Almost none of the products would be allowed to be sold in German pharmacies due to basic deficiencies, such as improper labelling, the study found.

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10:14 October 6, 2011 by whiteriver
I hear propaganda all over this article.

how about this sentence: "The Consumer Association recommended consumers only buy supplements certified by German authorities (...)"

Well, quite recently in Germany there were problems with eggs and vegetables.

oh, wait, the poisoned vegetables were Spanish! I mean, Egyptian! And only the ones sent to Germany had the problem!
10:45 October 6, 2011 by freechoice
German authorities should constantly monitor the pills and medicine made in the country for mislabeling and misrepresenting the side effects and ingredients. don't wait until a disaster happens! because there are many greedy and unscrupulous businessmen around in the world. Hey isn't that what the 'authorities' are for?
14:38 October 6, 2011 by jg.
Maybe NRW should have look at the "miracle anti-aging drugs" being peddled in various parts of the world by the doctor whom they shielded from British authorities and the local æquot;rztekammer, after he killed a British pensioner.
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