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It’s important for consumers to read supplement labels carefully.  Pay special attention to the expiration date and the recommended dosage.  Unless a nutritionally trained practitioner has prescribed therapeutic doses of vitamins and minerals, don’t exceed recommendations.  (To meet any person’s individual needs, nutritional screening may suggest larger doses than supplement labels endorse.  But don’t take them on your own.)

A product label also includes the brand name of the dietary supplement and its form and concentration as well as any structure/function claims. Under the rules of DSHEA, the manufacturer is required to include the following disclaimer: This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure.  or prevent any disease.

Supplement labels must also contain directions for use, any information that helps clarify structure/function claims (plus the FDA disclaimer), and nutritional facts.  Under the heading supplement facts, nutrients must be listed along with their daily values or a statement that a daily value has not been established. In addition, labeling must include other ingredients a complete listing of all ingredients in descending order according to volume) and the manufacturer’s or distributor’s name, address, and zip code.