Consumer advocacy group criticizes Canada’s Food and Drugs Act

An amendment to the Food and Drugs Act in Canada still exempts “natural health products”.

Bad Science Watch Criticises Patient Safety Act for Neglecting Natural Health Product Users.

Bad Science Watch has criticized the newly tabled Patient Safety Act, known as “Vanessa’s Law”, for explicitly excluding Natural Health Products from the regulations to appease lobbyists.

The consumer protection organization claims that the already insufficient regulation of NHPs will be weakened as a result, neglecting the safety of NHP users and practitioners and compromising informed healthcare choice.

As we have reported numerous times, it is well established that “natural” does not mean better or safe. Unregulated dietary supplements or medicine are a disaster, containing heavy metals, unstated ingredients, allergens and other impurities. Because they aren’t tested in the same way regulated products are, the only way you know if the product is bad is when people fall ill. Talk about an OVERSIGHT of oversight!

The U.S. has the same ridiculous exemption.

Here is the text of the Act.

  1 comment for “Consumer advocacy group criticizes Canada’s Food and Drugs Act

  1. RDW
    December 7, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    This is unfortunate and ridiculous. Although I’ve used and recommended substances such as Chamomile and Valerian, ONLY from a reputable company. By excluding regulatory oversight of companies who use the term “Natural”, it’s like inviting them to produce a vile, polluted product, that probably wouldn’t have done anything worthwhile, anyway. I’d still recommend Valerian and Chamomile, though. Arginine, too.

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