Many Recalled Dietary Supplements Quickly Return to the Shelf Unchanged

In the US, dietary supplements are sold and marketed with little regulatory oversight.  Even when the Food and Drug Administration recalls dietary supplements found to contain banned substances the supplements are often are back on the market a year later with the same illicit ingredients.

Consumers are warned to be particularly wary of products containing a mixture of herbs or ingredients. These “herbal cocktails” are the most likely to be spiked with dangerous ingredients. It is safest to buy ingredients individually, rather than in combination.