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Lack of regulations for herbal products allows many companies such as Walmart, Wallgreens, Target and GNC to sell public supplements that don’t contain any herbs on the label.

Recently, there was an investigation by the New York State attorney general office into store brand supplements at the four major national retailers mentioned above. The results were shocking: almost none of the supplements sold at the retails stores contained the herbs specified on the labels, and they even contained potential allergens that were not found on the ingredients list! All of the stores received a cease-and-desist letter requiring them to stop selling the products. The following was stated in the letters: “Contamination, substitution and falsely labeling herbal products constitute deceptive business practices and, more importantly, present considerable health risks for consumers.”

Here’s what the investigation found out:

Products by Walmart, Spring Valley brand:

Echinacea

No traces of Echinacea were found in the supplement.

Saw Palmetto

Some of the samples contained a tiny amount of saw palmetto, and garlic and rice were found in the product.

Ginseng

No ginseng was found in the product, but rice, dracaena, pine, wheat grass and citrus were present in the supplement.

Ginkgo Biloba

The dietary supplement didn’t contain any Ginkgo Biloba, but had rice, dracaena, mustard, wheat and radish in it.

St. John’s Wort

There was garlic, rice and cassava in the supplement, but no traces of St. John’s Wort.

Garlic

Only a single sample showed traces of garlic, and the other samples contained rice, palm, dracaena and wheat.

Products by Wallgreens, Finest Nutrition brand

Echinacea

There was garlic, rice and daisy present in the supplement, but no Echinacea was found.

Saw palmetto

The supplement contained small amounts of saw palmetto.

Ginseng

Garlic and rice were found in the supplement, but not Ginseng.

Ginkgo Biloba

There was no Ginkgo Biloba in the product, but rice was detected.

St. John’s Wort

There were traces of garlic, rice and dracaena in the supplement, but no St. John’s Wort was found.

Garlic

Palm, dracaena, wheat and rice were all detected rather than garlic.

Products by GNC, Herbal Plus brand

Echinacea

There was no Echinacea found, but the supplement contained rice.

Saw Palmetto

Only one sample had presence of saw palmetto in it, while the others contained rice, asparagus and primrose.

Ginseng

The supplements contained rice, dracaena, wheat grass and citrus, but no ginseng was detected.

Ginkgo Biloba

The samples contained garlic, rice and asparagus, but no ginkgo biloba presence was detected.

St. John’s Wort

There were traces of allium (garlic), rice and dracaena in the samples, but no St. John’s Wort.

Garlic

The garlic from this brand contained garlic.

Products by Target, Up & Up brand

Echinacea

Most samples contained traces of Echinacea, and only a single sample contained rice.

Saw Palmetto

Most of the samples contained saw palmetto. However, some of the samples showed no traces of plant DNA.

Valerian root

No valerian root was found in the samples, but they contained asparagus, pea family, wild carrot, allium (garlic), beans and saw palmetto.

Ginkgo Biloba

There was no Ginkgo Biloba present in the sample. Instead, garlic, rice and mung were found.

St. John’s Wort

The samples showed the presence of garlic, rice and dracaena, but they didn’t found St. John’s Wort.

Garlic

The supplement contained garlic, and only one sample had no traces of plant DNA.

 

Source:http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/