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Fake supplments and vitiamins found at walmart, walgreens, target and gnc

If you are buying or taking herbal supplements from store brands such as Walgreens, Walmart, GNC and Target you need to read this!

New York States Attorney General’s Office Testing Of Supplements

An investigation held by the New York State Attorney General’s Office found that store brand products such as ginkgo biloba could hold only mustard, radish, wheat and other fillers, but not have any actual ginkgo biloba. The big box stores Walmart, Target, Walgreens and GNC all have got cease and desist letters that demand they stop selling a huge number of their store brand supplements. Some of the ingredients that were found not on the label could cause allergic reactions to consumers.

These test on the supplements where done using testing called DNA barcoding and what this does is shows individual ingredients via genetic fingerprinting. Investigators tested a total of 24 products that claim to included 7 kinds of herbs echinacea, ginkgo biloba, garlic, ginseng, St. John’s wort, valerian root and saw palmetto. Turns out that all of them but 5 had DNA that was unrecognized or from a totally different plant than what was stated to be claimed on the label.

To further elaborate 5 of the 24 actually had wheat and 2 of them had beans without them being put on the label and these are known to give an allergic reaction in a few people.

The worst offender in this investigation was Walmart in were none of the 6 supplements tested contained purely the ingredient that was advertised. Now Target’s supplements were the lowest offending out of the bunch, but with that said it still wasn’t good seeing though the test on the 6 of it’s brands supplements ended up in just one showing an unqualified positive. Two of their other supplements had DNA that came from plants along with the labeled ingredients and the other 3 showed negative test results.

The investigation is the latest news in a series of events aimed at the dietary supplement industry. Although supplements aren’t considered drugs or food they are not regulated as much as drugs or foods are. What the Federal Guidelines require is to ensure the products are accurately labeled and safe for the general public. It is hard though for the FDA to enforce this law.

New York Times Jump Starts The Investigation

We really owe the New York Times for jump starting this investigation after they released an article that raised a few questions in regards to the supplements.

The study was prompted by a Times article that raised questions about the supplements.

“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 good news is that our supplements and vitamins may cost more than what you are use to paying for them, but you are actually getting what you pay for instead of dumping money on supplements or vitamins that just won’t work because they don’t even have what they say they are on the label.