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Ophthalmology: 50% dietary supplements adulterated

Ophthalmology: 50% dietary supplements adulterated
Desk Reporter

Unauthorized access to the source of skin problems compound was found in half of the dietary supplements supposed to prevent vision problems .

ZEAXANTHIN: Half dietary supplements supposed to prevent some vision problems contain meso-zeaxanthin, unauthorized compound that could cause skin problems.

These products are subject to a craze since the early 2000s as a result of studies showing the benefit of antioxidants, including lutein and zeaxanthin, in the prevention of ocular aging macular degeneration ( age-related or AMD). A market of 50 million euros for pharmacies in 2012, according to IMS Health study.

>>> Key figures 2012 dietary supplements market in France (National Union of dietary supplements).

Recording cutaneous adverse reactions ( erythema, urticaria … ), the National Agency for Sanitary Safety of Food (handles) recommended in February 2011 to verify the origin and quality of the extracts. In parallel, a trade association of manufacturers of zeaxanthin complained and denounced the presence on the market of supplements containing meso-zeaxanthin, a molecule cheap near zeaxanthin.

The Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control then began an investigation, testing twenty-seven supplements present on the French market. The charges are based: more than 50 % of the products contained meso-zeaxanthin. ” The drug reactions ( skin lesions Ed) could be attributed to extracts falsified,” writes Jean- Louis Gerard, Deputy Director of Food and signer of the document.

For economic reasons? Some manufacturers have preferred to withdraw zeaxanthin their formulas rather than replace the product adulterated with another good.