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Title: GNC, Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens accused of selling adulterated ‘herbals’
Source: The Washington Post
URL Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ ... cused-of-selling-fake-herbals/
Published: Feb 4, 2015
Author: Sarah Kaplan
Post Date: 2015-02-04 09:33:58 by Willie Green
Keywords: None
Views: 645
Comments: 2

A warning to herbal supplement users: Those store-brand ginkgo biloba tablets you bought may contain mustard, wheat, radish and other substances decidedly non-herbal in nature, but they’re not likely to contain any actual ginkgo biloba.

That’s according to an investigation by the New York State attorney general’s office into store-brand supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart. All four have received cease-and-desist letters demanding that they stop selling a number of their dietary supplements, few of which were found to contain the herbs shown on their labels and many of which included potential allergens not identified in the ingredients list.

“Contamination, substitution and falsely labeling herbal products constitute deceptive business practices and, more importantly, present considerable health risks for consumers,” said the letters, first reported today by the New York Times.

The tests were conducted using a process called DNA barcoding, which identifies individual ingredients through a kind of “genetic fingerprinting.” The investigators tested 24 products claiming to be seven different types of herb — echinacea, garlic, gingko biloba, ginseng, saw palmetto, St. John’s wort and valerian root. All but five of the products contained DNA that was either unrecognizable or from a plant other than what the product claimed to be.

Additionally, five of the 24 contained wheat and two contained beans without identifying them on the labels — both substances are known to cause allergic reactions in some people.

Of the four retailers, Wal-Mart was the worst offender: None of its six supplements that were tested was found to contain purely the ingredient advertised. Target’s supplements were the least misleading of the lot — though that isn’t saying much, since tests on six of the brand’s products resulted in only one unqualified positive. Two of Target’s other supplements contained DNA from other plants alongside their purported ingredients, while the remaining three tested negative.

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I hope these goddam fraudulent retailers get sued into bankruptcy court.

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#1. To: Willie Green (#0)

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

How much money is enough and how low will one sink for another billion?

BobCeleste  posted on  2015-02-04   10:23:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Willie Green (#0)

"Contamination, substitution and falsely labeling herbal products constitute deceptive business practices and, more importantly, present considerable health risks for consumers,” said the letters, first reported today by the New York Times."

Wait until they start testing some of that "legal" marijuana.

misterwhite  posted on  2015-02-04   10:39:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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