In case you missed it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned dieters to stop taking the weight-loss supplement, Hydroxycut. The pill has been linked to serious liver damage and at least one death.
The company has recalled 14 Hydroxycut products this month. As reported in the Associated Press, dietary supplements aren't as tightly regulated by the government as medications, which means manufacturers don't need to prove to the FDA that their products are safe and effective before they can sell them to consumers. But regulators do monitor aftermarket reports for signs of trouble, and in recent years companies have been put under stricter requirements to alert the FDA when they learn of problems. Hydroxycut isn't the first weight-loss supplement to get pulled from shelves -- in 2004, ephedra was linked to heart attacks and strokes.
Does this kind of news make you worried about taking diet supplements?