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The Food and Drug Administration has had run-ins with "homeopathic" products that subtly market themselves as health remedies without ever having sought the required FDA approval. However, in March, a different problem arose, requiring the agency to order a recall of 56 batches of homeopathic remedies made by the Ferndale, Washington, company Terra-Medica — because they may have (accidentally) been genuine medicine. A variety of the firm's capsules, tablets and suppositories, said the FDA, may have contained actual penicillin, inadvertently produced as a by-product of fermentation.

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