More evidence that dietary supplements can be a “raw deal”

News smidgen:

Federal prosecutors say that one dietary supplement wholesaler in New Jersey spent four years selling products diluted with products like maltodextrin or rice flour, increasing profits but defrauding customers. The company’s owner now must forfeit $1 million in profits and has been sentenced to 40 months in prison and one year of supervised release.

Source: Supplement-Maker Who Diluted Products With Other Powders Sentenced To 40 Months In Prison

The company, called “Raw Deal Inc” also said that their products were kosher or organic. But upon inspection, they didn’t meet those standards. This is why standards are NECESSARY and labeling a product as a “supplement” instead of a drug means they aren’t held to very high standards. You have a decent chance that you are NOT getting what you think you are. That’s a raw deal indeed.

  6 comments for “More evidence that dietary supplements can be a “raw deal”

  1. One Eyed Jack
    September 10, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    For the record, although the supplement industry is 99% BS, the use of maltodextrin or rice flour is not an indication of fraud in and of itself. Maltodextrin and rice flour are common, neutral ingredients used as bulking agents to standardize product concentration.

    The manufacturer was convicted because they either did not add the “active” ingredient at all, or diluted it to miniscule amounts.

    The concept of concentration in the supplement industry is a joke. What constitutes a “unit” of an “active” ingredient is rarely well defined. X units of Y is generally meaningless in an industry where there is little to no standardization of what a “unit” is.

  2. Omxqru
    September 10, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Even when they state mg of “X” the products more often than not assay at a lower concentration. You are correct that those ingredients are used in tablets, along with other excipients to make the tablets stick together.

  3. Adam
    September 11, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Too bad there wasn’t a study to go along with the fraud – outcomes people on the bad product vs a “control” group on a different brand receiving the actual doses. I bet there wouldn’t be any appreciable difference in the comparative wellbeing of either group.

  4. MisterNeutron
    September 11, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    I had much the same thought. The company is being punished because, instead of selling its customers a useless product, they were selling them a different useless product.

  5. One Eyed Jack
    September 11, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Because they know all they sold ya was a guaranteed piece of shit. That’s all it is, isn’t it? Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it guaranteed, I will. I got spare time.

    – Tommy Boy, 1995.

  6. Grumpy
    September 11, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Depends on the packaging: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artist%27s_Shit 😉

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