drugs, and dietary supplements all have the potential of becoming
contaminated. Some foods (e.g., poultry, soft cheese, meat, and
fish) are particularly vulnerable.
of dietary supplements is extremely rare. Only one major outbreak
ever occurred in the United States. In 1989, a contaminant was introduced
into a batch of tryptophan supplements imported from Japan. This
led to an outbreak of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS) which
killed 40 Americans; an additional 1,000 were afflicted.
this was a significant tragedy, such incidents are extremely rare
when compared to other consumables. On average, fewer than two people
die every year from contamination of dietary supplements. This is
statistically insignificant when compared to food contamination
which kills thousands of Americans every year.