July 14, 2015 | Mary Cav

Whenever I shop online, I always wonder if I'll find what I'm expecting when I open the box. That might not be a big problem with a DVD, but what if I've bought medicine?

Researchers at UCL have done some checking, and tested around 70 products sold as 'food supplements' or 'herbal remedies'. While the remedies - regulated as medicines - contained what was on the label, some of the 'food supplements' didn't, and even contained 'unidentified substances'. I know I'll think twice before ordering pills online...

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Out of 30 products labelled as 'ginkgo', eight contained little or no ginkgo extract when tested.

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