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Article | January 31, 2001
Stop faulty garlic claims
The Center for Science in the Public Interest submitted formal petitions to both Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission in December to halt labeling and advertising claims that garlic supplements reduce cholesterol by some manufacturers of dietary supplements.
CSPI cited Kwai Dietary Supplement Kwai Heart Fit Garlic One A Day Cholesterol Health Dietary Supplement and Nature Made Herbs Garlic Supplement as specific examples of products whose label claims should be banned. CSPI noted that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that garlic supplements caused a slight reduction in cholesterol levels when taken for one to three months but not when taken for six months or longer. In the long run the supplements did not improve health and therefore any label or advertising claims should not be permitted according to CSPI.
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