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Capitol Health Call
July 14, 2010

Supplements Scrutinized

JAMA. 2010;304(2):148. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.877

Certain dietary supplements were deceptively or questionably marketed, said the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a report. The report also said that 37 of the 40 herbal dietary supplement products tested by the GAO contained trace amounts of at least 1 potentially hazardous contaminant (such as lead, mercury, or arsenic), although none of them in amounts considered to pose an acute toxicity hazard (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10662t.pdf).

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