The Associated Press reports on foreign products which do not meet U.S. labeling laws:

The poison arrived in a plastic bottle from India bearing a simple label in English and Hindi. “Useful in flu and bodyache,” it read. “Two tabs twice a day or as per physician’s advice.”

What it didn’t say was that the herbal medicine, on sale at a store in Queens, contained 2,190 times the amount of mercury considered safe by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

The tablets were among a variety of imported products seized by New York City health officials last year in immigrant-rich neighborhoods filled with exotic world goods — some of which make it onto shelves without being evaluated by safety agencies like the Food and Drug Administration.

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