Profeco warns of collagen products with false advertising


Profeco analyzed 32 brands of collagen or hydrolyzed collagen and some presented non-compliance with the standard, from mislabeling to not checking its content.

The Federal Consumer Attorney’s Office (Profeco) warned of possible sanctions for various products called collagen or hydrolyzed collagen since they fail to comply with the regulations by presenting misleading advertising, not supporting their legends, containing less than what they declare or not verifying the content of the element they offer among other irregularities.

In January of this year, the National Laboratory for Consumer Protection conducted a quality study on 32 brands of collagen or hydrolyzed collagen powder, tablets, and capsules, which are marketed in the country.

Results published in the May Consumer Magazine notes that among some of the irregularities, the Nature’s Life brand was found. Hydrolyzed Collagen + L-Ornithine & Vitamin C Food Supplement (Mexico) 70.3 g (100 capsules) had less than 10.2% of what was declared in net content, for which it does not comply with NOM-002-SCFI-2011 on prepackaged products, net content -tolerances and verification methods.

The analysis, which included 288 tests, evaluated commercial information, that is, that each product complied with the provisions of the Sanitary Control Regulation for Products and Services, which requests −among other aspects− generic and specific denomination; list of ingredients; as well as the component or components that could represent a mediate or immediate risk to health.

In addition, the nutritional declaration (protein, fat, sugars, carbohydrates, energy content) was reviewed; batch, expiration date, name and address of the manufacturer or importer, packer, maquiladora, national or foreign distributor; and instructions for its conservation, use, preparation, and consumption.

Collagens that do not meet what their label says

The following products could also be subject to a sanction because they do not support their legends; on their packaging, they present legends that they did not show:

  • solanum. NATURAL SCIENCE. Nutritional supplement. Collagen + Vitamins and Minerals (Mexico) 90 g (180 capsules of 500 mg) has the legend: “Collagen Solanum No. 1 in sales”.
  • NEOCELL. Nutritional supplement. Hydrolyzed Collagen (United States) 198 g. “Super Collagen”; “NO GMO”; “6.6 g collagen Type 1 and 3” and “No artificial flavors”.
  • My Daily Fiber. Food Supplement Collagen powder (Mexico) 300 g. “My Daily Fiber Brand Collagen is a food supplement for adults and children over 4 years of age.”
  • Drasanvi COLLMAR. Nutritional supplement. Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen + Vitamin C + Magnesium + Hyaluronic Acid (Spain) 207 g (180 tablets of 1150 mg). “Recommended for athletes. Women older than 40 years.
  • VitHerbal, Hydrolyzed Collagen Plus Food Supplement (Mexico) 400 g. “Hydrolyzed Collagen Plus”; “Low in sugar”; “Hyaluronic acid”; “Vitamin C”; “Calcium”; “Gluten-Free”.

Brands that did not check their collagen content

At the time of this study, the following brands did not check their collagen content:

  • NEOCELL. Nutritional supplement. Hydrolyzed Collagen (United States) 198 g.
  • VitHerbal. Nutritional supplement. Hydrolyzed Collagen Plus (Mexico) 400 g.

Profeco recommends consulting your doctor before consuming a food supplement, to find out if you really need it and if it will help you complement, increase or replace any of the components of your diet.

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