The Natural Products Association (NPA ) has claimed that Consumer Reports made “false, sweeping declarations,” in an October 2013 article titled “4 ways to avoid supplement dangers.” Calling “negligent” the article’s claim that vitamin E “can lead to an increased risk of prostate cancer,” and noting that many vitamin E studies show significant health benefits, NPA CEO John Shaw said that it is “irresponsible to pick one study and mislead your readers to believe that vitamin E is harmful.”

Consumer Reports apparently warns consumers to be skeptical of claims because “…federal law does not require that dietary supplements be proved safe to the FDA’s satisfaction or that supplement companies show that most label claims are accurate. “To say that dietary supplements do not have to be safe or accurately labeled under federal law is entirely untrue,” Shaw said. “In actuality, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does require supplements to be safe and label claims to be accurate, otherwise the product is considered adulterated.”

NPA has asked Consumer Reports to correct the article immediately. “It’s highly unfortunate that a publication dedicated to serving consumers’ best interests would run a story that gets the facts wrong on dietary supplements. This article [] is peppered with factual inaccuracies and misleading blanket statements that could scare consumers out of taking products that can benefit their health,” Shaw said. See NPA News Release, September 6, 2013.