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May 26, 2010: Congressional Study Finds Herbal Supplements Contain Contaminants

According to an article by Gardiner Harris, published in the New York Times on May 26th, a Congressional investigation found that nearly all of the herbal dietary supplements tested contained trace amounts of lead and other contaminants, and some supplement sellers made illegal claims that their products can cure cancer and other diseases. The levels of heavy metals did not exceed thresholds considered dangerous but mercury, cadmium and arsenic were found in various products. Also, close to half of the supplements tested contained pesticide residues that appeared to exceed legal limits. In some cases, the government has not set allowable levels of these pesticides because of a lack of scientific research. The results of the investigation will be presented in a report made public at a Senate hearing on May 26, two weeks before the Senate is scheduled to begin debate on a landmark food safety bill expected to substantially increase the federal government’s authority over food manufacturers. The food safety bill is expected to be introduced next month in the Senate is likely to demand that supplement makers register annually with the F.D.A. and allow the agency to recall supplements suspected of being dangerous.

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