The lies and approximations on the packaging tracked down by the repression of fraud

The market for food supplements has never done so well… But is it to the detriment of consumers. A investigation published this Monday by the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention ( DGCCRF) and relayed by Capital points the finger at bad industrial practices.

A study of 75 references

In 2020, the organization screened 75 food supplement references sold both online than in physical stores. The figures speak for themselves: 6 out of 10 were singled out for unauthorized nutritional, therapeutic or health claims.

The DGCCRF notes the presence of 33 prohibited health claims such as: “Pineapple is a natural slimming active ingredient” or “Dolomite promotes calcium fixation”. 38 products present unauthorized therapeutic claims: “Propolis is a natural antibiotic” or “cucumber oil treats psychiatric illnesses”.

Omissions of mandatory mentions

30 operators completely forgot to include some “of the mandatory information provided for by Regulation No. 1924/2006 and by other regulatory texts” such as the list of ingredients or the net weight of the product.

The other products tested contained non-compliant nutritional claims, such as a vitamin content that was too low for the customer to benefit from a real positive impact on their health.

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