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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A recent survey indicates that most American consumers are misinformed about the degree of government regulation over vitamins, minerals and food supplements.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive for the International Longevity Center, was based on 1,010 telephone interviews with adults nationwide.

The results show that most (59%) feel that nutritional supplements must be approved by a government agency such as the Food and Drug Administration. Most respondents also think that manufacturers cannot make safety and efficacy claims without solid scientific evidence to support them (55%) and that they are required to include warnings about potential side effects or danger (68%).

The survey also shows that less-educated respondents are far more likely to be misinformed about regulation and labeling.

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Date:Jan 27, 2003
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