Defects found in 32% of multivitamins

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Posted 29 November 2017

ConsumerLab.com, a USA company, regularly evaluates products being sold in the USA. Their mission: “to identify the best quality health and nutritional products through independent testing”.

In a report released today, they make these points:

If you’re not careful, you might not get what you’ve bargained for. We discovered problems in 46% of the multivitamins we selected for testing. More specifically, the test showed that…

  • 12 multivitamins contained much less (as low as 24%) or much more (as high as 157%) vitamin A, vitamin D, folate from folic acid, and/or calcium than listed on labels.
  • Many supplements exceeded upper tolerable intake levels — possibly doing more harm than good.
  • Gummy vitamins were especially problematic: 80% failed testing
  • Four multivitamins in tablet form failed to break apart within the required time. One needed 3 hours to fully disintegrate, 5 times the time allowed — jeopardizing the absorption of its ingredients.

Can we expect anything better in the South African context? Considering that no-one checks, not even the regulatory authority (Medicines Control Council), we have no idea!

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