If you’re a fan of herbal supplements, you might want to think twice before buying them at a big-name retailer. Recently, GNC’s Herbal Plus, Target’s Up & Up, Walgreens’ Finest Nutrition, and Walmart’s Spring Valley brands were all sent cease-and-desist letters from the New York State attorney general’s office for “engaging in the sale of adulterated and/or mislabeled dietary supplements.”
Authorities found that a whopping four out of five products didn’t have the herbs listed on the labels. For example, each brand’s St. John’s Wort supplement was missing the key ingredient — St. John’s Wort. And it was the same for three out four of the ginseng supplements sold by the stores.
But, the most shocking case was Walmart — only 4% of their products contained the plant listed. Target fared better — 41% of the supplements had the ingredients advertised — but that’s still a surprisingly low number when you’re shopping for supplements.