If you are looking for a supplement, you may want to heed this warning. Those store-brand herbal supplements might not actually contain the herb shown on the label. It might actually be filled with mustard, wheat, radish, or an ingredient other than the herb printed on the label. Even worse, it might contain potential allergens that you don’t know about because they aren’t identified in the ingredients list, or anywhere on the label for that matter.
The New York State attorney general’s office investigated store-brand supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart. After they got the results, the Attorney General’s office released a warning for consumers. The letters from the investigation state, “Contamination, substitution and falsely labeling herbal products constitute deceptive business practices and, more importantly, present considerable health risks for consumers.”
Investigators used a process called DNA barcoding, which is able to identify individual ingredients based on a ‘genetic fingerprint’ and is able to help them decipher where ingredients originated.
24 products that claimed to be seven different types of herb — Echinacea, Garlic, Gingko Biloba, Ginseng, Saw Palmetto, St. John’s Wort, and Valerian Root were tested. Out of the 24 supplements tested, all but five of the products contained DNA that was either unrecognizable or from a plant other than what was stated on the label. In addition, five of the 24 contained wheat and two contained beans without identifying them on the labels, both of which can cause allergic reactions for some people.
Wal-Mart supplements had the worst results; none of the six tested supplements purely contained the ingredient advertised. In fact, their Ginkgo Biloba supplement was found to contain powdered radish, houseplants, and wheat, even though the label stated that the product was wheat and gluten-free.
Target had three out of six herbal products test negative for the herbs that their label claimed to contain. However, they did contain powdered rice, beans, peas and wild carrots. Two of Target’s other supplements contained DNA from the ingredient it was supposed to have, but they also tested positive for extra plant matter that was not printed on the label.
When Walgreens store brand of ginseng pills were tested, it was found to contain only powdered garlic and rice.
At GNC, the investigators found that the pills contained unlisted fillers like powdered legumes and they were not listed on the label. This is very concerning when you consider the fact that this class of plants includes peanuts and soybeans, which causes serious allergic reactions for many people.
Even though these four national retailers were sent cease-and-desist letters that addressed these faults and required them to take them off of the shelves, it is worth noting the next time you stop by the vitamin aisle at one of these large retail chains.
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