Supplements: CBC Retracts Supplement Report
On January 21, 2016 CBC television issued a statement in which they retracted a supplement report claiming that certain supplements had improperly been labeled.
Last November Marketplace commissioned lab testing for samples of fish oil, vitamin C and protein powder supplements to see if consumers were actually getting what they paid for? Based on those test results, Marketplace reported that Emegen -C, and two protein powders: GNC Lean Shake 25 and Cytosport Muscle Milk failed to live up to label claims.
However, subsequent re testing of the samples found that the lab results and analysis provided to Marketplace were incorrect, and there was no evidence of problems with those products.
Stuart Phillips, a scientist at McMaster University who studies the effects of protein supplements on humans says "There are all kinds of reasons why things can go wrong.
"Like anything else in life, I thing when a lab gets something wrong, human error, contaminated dirty glassware, machine malfunction."
Phillips hopes that this error doesn't undermine public trust in lab testing, "because it undermines everybody else, industry and scientists, researchers alike, who do this sort of thing on a day to day basis.