This HND piece looks at dry labbing, referring to a practice whereby labs simply fabricate results, usually to please the client.
The clients—in current controversies—are manufacturers of dietary supplements. The term is sometimes also used in a broader sense, to indicate overall shady or misleading activities perpetrated by labs, their consultants, or the manufacturers themselves.
Dateline NBC recently ran a segment on dry labbing, setting up a sting intended to expose a suspect lab. I discovered, though, that like way too many so-called exposés, the process here was not exactly simon pure. Instead, the show was set up to deliver the maximum shock value, built on a pretty shaky foundation.
Even if the extent of the dry labbing problems might be overblown in the current hype, the natural products industry would be well advised to start policing their own, or the Feds will be only too glad to step in and take over.
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