Herbal Supplements Flunk the Test; Don’t Contain Herbs!
Testing of herbal supplements sold by major retailers including Target and Walmart revealed that 79 percent have no trace of the herbs on the products’ labels, according to an investigation by the New York State Attorney General.
The testing led Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to send letters to GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens to halt the sale of their store brand herbal supplements including Echinacea, Ginseng, and St. John’s Wort. Walmart’s products fared worst in the testing, the attorney general said, with only 4 percent containing DNA of the herbs on the product labels.
“This investigation makes one thing abundantly clear: the old adage ‘buyer beware’ may be especially true for consumers of herbal supplements,” Schneiderman said. “The DNA test results seem to confirm long-standing questions about the herbal supplement industry. Mislabeling, contamination, and false advertising are illegal.
“Not only are consumers being duped, he said, but it is also dangerous to use supplements when they contain ingredients that aren’t on the label.
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