The New York State
attorney general’s office accused four major retailers on Monday of
selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and
demanded that they remove the products from their shelves.
The authorities said
they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal
supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and
Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not
contain any of the herbs on their labels. The tests showed that pills
labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers
like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases
substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies.
The investigation came
as a welcome surprise to health experts who have long complained about
the quality and safety of dietary supplements, which are exempt from the
strict regulatory oversight applied to prescription drugs.
Labels: Dietary Supplements, fake supplements, fraud, regulations, Warnings