Herbal Dietary Supplement Makers


The office of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has targeted four major herbal and dietary supplement manufacturers to produce detailed documentation concerning the authenticity, purity, and marketing of herbal dietary supplements sold in the state since January 1, 2013, as part of an ongoing investigation of the industry.

Earlier this month, the NYAG issued cease-and-desist orders to four retail chains – GNC, Target TGT +0.25%, Walgreen Co., and Wal-Mart Stores WMT +1.1% – for allegedly deceptive business practices and potential health risks after DNA barcoding tests revealed that eight out of 10 store brand herbal products were devoid DNA from the labeled plant material and/or contained completely unrelated herbs or potentially allergenic fillers.

Representatives from the dietary supplement industry and trade groups have countered that DNA barcoding is an inappropriate technique for products whose components are extracted from the original plant material.

Matt Mittenthal, spokesman for Attorney General Schneiderman, provided us with the four information request letters, each sent on Monday to Pharmavite LLC, of Mission Hills, California, maker of the Nature Made brand; NBTV Inc. of Ronkonkoma, New York, maker of Sundown Naturals, Nature’s Bounty, Met-Rx, Solgar, Vitamin World and other brands; Nature’s Way Products Inc. of Lehi, Utah, maker of Nature’s Way brand; and Nutraceutical Corp. of Park City, Utah, maker of Herbs for Kids and other brands.

Source: forbes



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