I saw this article on a financial website, Marketwatch, which says that the state of New York’s attorney general office did some scientific DNA tests of herbal supplements and found that over 80% of the supplements sold at Walmart, Walgreens and GNC contained none of the ingredients that were listed on their labels and that a substantial number of the supplements contained NO botanical substance of any kind. They have been ordered to stop selling the products immediately.
Wow, that seems incredible to me. The article said that Walmart’s products were the worse. Go figure. Only 4% of their products contained DNA from the plants on the labels. That means that 96% of their products are a complete sham.
You’d think that we, living here in the United States, expect to be buying exactly what is in the bottle and what is in the bottle is exactly what the label says is in the bottle. It is really a given in today’s society, at least I think it is. It is elementary.
The article says that instead of Ginseng, Echinacea, etc., the products contained beans, pine, rice, asparagus, wheat and on and on. Crazy.
I loved the response by GNC –
GNC said it stands by the “quality, purity and potency” of its products, which it said it tests using “validated and widely used testing methods.” It criticized the testing methods but said it will comply with the order.
They will none-the-less, “comply with the order”. That is because they realize they won’t sell any of the stuff because people will realize that what they’ve been buying is beans and rice and not Echinacea or any other herbal supplement.
I’d bet I personally have some of these products in my cabinet. From friends giving me homeopathic medicines for when I’m feeling bad, etc. I’ve never really taken many of them though. I’m glad now.
If this is all true, I think someone should sue the shit out of all these companies. That is what our civil legal process should be all about. Punishing people/and or companies, for misleading or completely cheating others. And this would fall under the completely cheating category. No doubt about it.