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    Default Amazon Admits It Sold Fake Supplements

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    Dr. Joseph Mercola
    August 7, 2019

    Although the supplement industry is fully regulated under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA),14 those who are selling knock-off products are not. Yahoo! Finance reported third party sales have jumped from 31% of Amazon sales to 58% in the past 10 years,15 and revenue from these sales grew 20% in the last quarter.16
    According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,17 they are responsible to take action "against any adulterated or misbranded dietary supplement product after it reaches the market."
    Steve Mister, from the Council for Responsible Nutrition, hopes this incident of counterfeit online products will be a wake-up call.18 However, in an interview with NutraIngredients, he expressed concern about how news outlets have reported the issue, saying:19

    "It tries to pull in the notion that the products are not pre-tested by the FDA before they go on the market. That's not the issue at all. You could have tested P&G's Align Probiotics for weeks and found out they were exactly what they were portrayed to be on the label and be of high quality. But if someone comes along with a counterfeit, that evades the whole system, and no amount of pre-testing will address that issue."

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    Default Re: Amazon Admits It Sold Fake Supplements

    This clearly shows that Amazon has little to no control over "third party" sales. I predict this will become a growing problem!! Last year, 50 cents of every dollar spent on e-commerce retail was spent on Amazon. As a result, a growing number of online businesses realize they must move their products to Amazon to improve their market share. Increasingly, I've noticed while shopping on a merchants website they indicate that you can also buy their product on Amazon. As more businesses move products to Amazon, the potential for buying fake products increases. Caveat Emptor!!!

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