Natural health supplements might not contain the ingredients they claim to, according to a recent investigation by New York state.
The attorney general’s office sent a cease-and-desist letter Monday to a number of retailers for selling possibly fraudulent generic brand supplements.
The letters, sent to GNC, Walmart, Target and Walgreens, claim DNA tests show that many of the store-brand health supplements do not contain the health ingredients advertised, and may contain off-label additives.
The retailers have until Feb. 9 to supply the attorney general with supporting information.
GNC is the only retailer cited which also sells natural health products in Canada under its Herbal Plus line, according to Health Canada’s Licensed Natural Health Products Database.
“We stand behind the quality, purity and potency of all ingredients listed on the labels of our private label products, including our GNC Herbal Plus line of products,” a GNC spokesperson said in a statement.
The products tested by the New York authority are ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort, ginseng, garlic, echinacea and saw palmetto.
The authority found that about four out of five times the supplements from all four retailers were “either unrecognizable or a substance other than what they claimed to be.”
source: the star