Detection of regulated and prohibited plants in plant food supplements

Last updated on 6-9-2022 by Eric Deconinck

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Plant food supplements, herbal treatments and traditional medicines, bought via internet and intercepted by the authorities are often only screened for the presence of chemical adulterants like sibutramine and analogues in slimming preparations or sildenafil and analogues in potency enhancers. Other underestimated problems with these herbal preparations could also be herbal adulterations and herbal fraud. The first is the intentional presence of regulated or prohibited plants in the preparation, the latter is the absence of the claimed medicinal plant.   In Belgium the OMCL is re…

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