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Amazon admits it sold fake supplements

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Amazon notified customers who purchased Align Probiotic made by Procter & Gamble, when they found the third-party vendor had been selling fake supplements; although the FDA regulates supplements, counterfeiters evade the system
  • Amazon has an enormous influence on the supplement market as they sell 77% of all vitamins and supplements sold online; the two largest brick and mortar retailers account for a mere 2.3% of online sales
  • Although past lawsuits have found Amazon not liable for product counterfeits, one judge reversed a lower court’s decision and found Amazon could be held liable as their business model essentially shields vendors from customers by providing shipping, payment processing and collecting fees
  • Counterfeiters have infiltrated Big Pharma, supplement companies, fashion, toys and more, distributing lower quality products that may increase your risk of illness or injury; use caution before purchasing vitamins and supplements, seeking those from trusted and reputable dealers

Amazon was born in 1994, when hedge fund executive Jeff Bezos incorporated the company and began direct-selling books online with a plan to create technology that would make it simple for consumers to make their purchases.

His fairy tale, rags-to-riches story of his rise to wealth and fame and the company's launch toward a near trillion-dollar value is a story that's been chronicled nicely by Encyclopedia Britannica, which notes that the company — which Bezos promoted with a "Get Big Fast" slogan — did not post real profits until 2001.

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