Issues Multivitamin Test Results

WHITE PLAINS, NY – FRIDAY MAY 21, 2004 – reported the results of a major new analysis of popular multivitamin products. Products which failed the testing did so due to lead levels, lower ingredient levels than stated, and/or inability to fully break apart for absorption. Multivitamins are the most popular supplement in the U.S., with sales of $3.3 billion in 2002 according to Nutrition Business Journal.

Children’s - 3 of 4 passed : A gummy bear multi contained a high amount of lead and was missing half of the folic acid claimed. Three other products passed.

Prenatal - 1 of 3 passed : One prenatal vitamin could not fully dissolve – suggesting that it would not completely deliver its nutrients in the body. It also contained twice its claimed amount of folic acid. Another prenatal product was low on vitamin A.

Senior’s - 5 of 6 passed : A drinkable liquid multi for seniors had less than 20% of its claimed manganese and was also low on vitamin A and folic acid. Five other products passed.

General - 9 of 11 passed : A popular general multi contained over 3 mcg of lead per daily serving, exceeding the State of California’s lead limit. One other product contained less than half of its claimed folic acid, a particularly important vitamin for women of child-bearing age. Nine other products passed.

Vitamin Waters - 1 of 4 passed : 3 popular brands had less vitamin C than claimed. One of these, which had less than 20% of its claimed vitamin C, also had less than half of its claimed vitamin A. One vitamin water passed the testing.

Women's - 6 of 8 passed: One women’s multi contained less than two-thirds of claimed vitamin A and another contained only three-quarters of the claimed folic acid, while six other products passed. A men’s multi contained less than half of its claimed vitamin A and was also low on folic acid and calcium.

Pet's - 2 of 3 passed : Pet multivitamins were also tested. One contained only two-thirds of its claimed vitamin A, while two other products passed.

The complete report is available at The report includes results for 40 products that passed or failed. Thirteen of the products listed were tested at the request of their manufacturers through's Voluntary Certification Program. The report also provides the latest recommended daily intake levels and upper tolerable limits for nutrients to help consumers choose appropriate products. is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. The company is privately held and based in White Plains, New York. is affiliated with (, an evaluator of online pharmacies. Subscription to is available online. For group subscriptions, Technical Reports, or product testing contact Lisa Sabin, Vice President for Business Development, at [email protected].


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