US consumer group names “dirty dozen” dietary supplements

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:975
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Americans can easily buy 12 dangerous dietary supplements over the counter or from theinternet, the latest (May) issue of Consumer Reports magazine says. At least five of these supplements are banned in Asia, Europe, or Canada.

    Consumer Reports (accessible at is published by the non-profit Consumers Union, which tests products and services and aims to protect the public through information and advocacy.

    The revelation came in the same week that a federal judge finally upheld the US Food and Drug Administration's ban on ephedra, the stimulant …

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