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Vitamin supplements must back up claims on labels

Published Oct. 2, 2005

(ran HT edition)

If you take vitamin supplements, you know the kinds of claims that appear on labels: "High-Potency," "Good Source of Antioxidants" and "Supports the Immune System," among others.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires such claims to be backed up with more information.

Dietary supplement manufacturers now must state exactly, for example, how much vitamin A is in a vitamin A capsule, while also telling consumers how much of the vitamin it takes to reach the recommended daily dosage.

The new information will be part of a required panel on the label listing "Supplement Facts."

Products without daily serving indications must list ingredients.

Supplements drawn from herbs must be labeled to indicate which part of the plant the product was made from.

FDA labeling rules will continue to require a "Nutrition Facts" chart on all food products.

Products claiming to provide certain health benefits, such as antioxidants, will have to list the vitamin source used, and high-potency claims will have to be backed up with ingredients providing a minimum of 100 percent of the FDA's current recommended dosage of minerals and vitamins.