In 2017, producers introduced 15,000 new supplements onto the market, which is more than the previous nine years in total.
While a study carried out by the Medical University of Łódź found that 50 percent of Poles consider them safe to use, no more than 0.5 percent of the products are medically tested by the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, the Rzeczpospolita daily reported. Polish law does not require the testing of the products before they are put up for sale.
The Polish supplements market was worth PLN 4.02 billion (EUR 940 million, USD 1.12 bn) in 2017. Poles purchase 240 million products containing supplementary ingredients annually, the Rzeczpospolita daily said.
Meanwhile, over 11 percent of people consuming dietary supplements experience unwanted side effects, according to the study by the Medical University of Łódź.
Tests have found discrepancies in the actual content of active ingredients in supplements compared to information given on the label. In one case, drugs were detected in a Chinese-manufactured weight-loss product. (aba)