The FDA finds cheap fillers in store brand herbal supplements.
Herbal supplements are very popular by people wishing to heal themselves in what they consider as natural ways. For instance, so people use valerian root as a sleep aid or ginkgo biloba for memory improvement.
It seems that several major retailers have taken advantage of that natural herb market by selling herbal supplements that do not contain the ingredients on the label. Could these retailers could be considered “snake oil” salesmen?
It is comforting to know the FDA does occasional spot checks. Some of these DNA checks revealed the widespread fraud. Who can herbal users trust?
Read through this and tell us what you think.
The New York State Attorney General’s Office is demanding that GNC, Walmart, Walgreens, and Target remove store brand herbal supplements from their shelves after the pills were found to be packed with a strange array of fraudulent—and in some cases hazardous—ingredients. Popular supplements such as ginseng, valerian root, and St. John’s wort sold under store brand names at the four major retailers were found to contain powdered rice, asparagus, and even houseplants, while being completely void of any of the ingredients on the label.
…. while supplements are exempt from the strict regulations imposed on prescription medications, manufacturers and retailers are required by the FDA to correctly label all ingredients. ….
… several examples:
- At GNC, the agency found a number of unlisted fillers, including powdered legumes—a potentially significant hazard for those with peanut or soybean allergies.
- At Target, ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and valerian root contained none of the advertised ingredients, and instead were made up of powdered rice, beans, peas, and wild carrots. ….
- At Walgreens, ginseng pills are quite simply powdered rice and garlic.
- At Walmart, ginkgo biloba was made up of powdered radish, houseplants, and wheat, while being labelled as wheat- and gluten-free.
The response from retailers has been varied; …. New York pushes forward with its efforts to get fraudulent items off the shelves.