NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Targets Popular Herbal Supplements
An ongoing investigation of popular herbal supplements subjected to DNA testing has found numerous store brand supplements aren’t what their labels claim to be, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday.
Schneiderman’s office has sent letters to GNC, Target, Wal-Mart and Walgreen Co. concerning supplements that either couldn’t be verified to contain the labeled substance or that contained ingredients not listed on the label. The products include Echinacea, ginseng, St. John’s wort, garlic, ginkgo biloba and saw palmetto.
Overall, just 21 percent of the test results from store brand herbal supplements verified DNA from the plants listed on the labels. The retailer with the poorest showing was Wal-Mart. Only 4 percent of the Wal-Mart products tested showed DNA from the plants listed on the labels.