William R. Obermeyer, Ph.D., vice president for research, directs ConsumerLab.com's testing programs. Dr. Obermeyer was previously with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Division of Natural Products where he guided the testing of natural products, educated the public on the safety of dietary supplements, and worked with academia, industry, and other government agencies to develop proper testing methods.
Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council and an advisor to ConsumerLab.com, said, "Many have talked about doing this kind of research but ConsumerLab.com is the first to have stepped up to the plate and squarely taken aim. Dr. Cooperman's experience in providing objective consumer information and Dr. Obermeyer's reputation for excellent science should enable ConsumerLab.com to make a lasting positive contribution."
Results for the products currently under testing will be released later this year and posted at <www.consumerlab.com>. CL invites consumer groups, healthcare professionals, researchers, government agencies, manufacturers, and retailers to submit comments on its work to <info@consumer lab.com>.
ConsumerLab.com is an independent online provider of objective information about health and nutrition products. It is a privately held company headquartered in White Plains, New York, and is not affiliated with manufacturers of health a nd nutrition products. More information is available at <www.consumerlab.com/aboutcl.html>.
[Cooperman T. Personal communication. Sept. 24, 1999.]
Article copyright American Botanical Council.
By Barbara A. Johnston