All-Natural Vitamins (Now with Antibiotics! But Sssh! Don’t Tell Anyone!)

Cracked Science

I hope readers of the blog will never utter the sentence, “It’s safe: it’s natural!”

For one thing, snake venom is natural, but I have it on good authority that it’s not safe for consumption.

For another, we know that so-called “natural products” do not undergo the more rigorous quality assurance/quality control process actual drugs are forced to adopt, leading to a not-infrequent contamination with unlisted substances and, sometimes, a downright substitution of what should be the “active” ingredient.

Health Canada has issued a recall today for a natural health product called “Alive Vitamins – Royal Jelly 1200 mg”. What could possibly be wrong with these vitamins, one may ask? Well, as it turns out, two lots have been voluntarily recalled because of contamination with an antibiotic called chloramphenicol. Isn’t it great that people popping vitamins are killing pathogenic bacteria at the same time? Actually, some people are allergic…

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