Truth in Labelling

Seldom do we rely on trust more than when we pop pills. Most of us have no way to verify that they contain what we want. Accurate labelling is vital for them.

Here's a label that fails that test:

Jamieson Natural Sources Super Garlic Oil 1,500 mg

1,500 mg (1.5 g) is less than half of a typical clove of garlic - not that much. But, a clove of garlic a day keeps the mosquitos away, very useful for a naturalist when faced with the scares about West Nile Virus. Two of these capsules a day seemed practical, based on the label.

But, when I opened the bottle, I found it 2/3 empty. And when I weighed the capsules in it, they were only 380 mg each!

Check the fine print on the side panel (enlarged so you can read it):

Each capsule contains Garlic Oil 3,000 mcg ...
Guarantee of absolute purity & full potency

3,000 mcg is 3 mg - 1/500th of what is claimed in the large print on the label front. These capsules are less than 1% garlic.

The local mosquitos know it. Two of these capsules a day have no visible effect compared to a clove a day of real garlic.

Quite apart from the claim of potency, if Canada's federal consumer affairs department had even a single tooth left, this label would be ruled fraudulent on the basis of weights and measures alone.

I'll be staying well away from Jamieson Laboratories' products in the future. Personally, I'm using Webber Naturals now.

John Sankey