(NBC News) An investigation by the New York Attorney General’s Office suggests some store brand herbal supplements sold at Walgreens, Walmart, Target and GNC do not contain the active ingredients listed on the label.
In a statement released on YouTube, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he’s demanding those retailers pull certain products off store shelves.
“Mislabeled supplements that are taken by the public to preserve or maintain their health pose a significant danger to those who have food allergies or take medication,” Schneiderman said.
The study used a type of DNA barcode testing to show 79-percent of products tested showed no evidence of containing active ingredients. About a third of the products contained fillers and plants not listed on the label, like rice and wheat, or even house plants.
The Council for Responsible Nutrition calls the investigation “reckless”, taking issue with the DNA test.
Walgreens will pull the products nationwide while it conducts its own review. Walmart released a statement saying it will follow up with its herbal supplement suppliers, and GNC said it will pull the products in question from its New York stores.
The Food and Drug Administration requires supplement manufacturers to verify their products are safe and labeled correctly, but supplements are not subjected to the same rigorous approval products as prescription drugs.
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