FDA Finds Majority of Herbal Supplements at GNC, Walmart, Walgreens and Target Don’t Contain What They Claim – Instead Cheap Fillers Like Wheat and Soy Powder

There is no strict regulation related to herbal products and retail corporations like GNC, Walgreens and Walmart. They are taking advantage of this situation by selling herbal supplements that don’t include the ingredients stated on their labels.

The NY State attorney general’s office started a research and thorough investigation focused on supplements sold in the following retailers – Walmart, Target, GNC and Walgreens.

Herbal Supplements Don’t Contain What They Claim

The results of the investigation were shocking. These popular retail stores offer dietary herbal supplements that don’t include the herbs listed on the labels. What is even worse is that the majority of these supplements come with latent allergens that can’t be found on the label.

Obviously, these retailers have received letters in which they were urged to pull all the misleading products from their shelves.

The letters that were revealed in the New York Times included a part in which the retailers are warned that modification, contamination and incorrectly labeling of their herbal supplements is viewed as deceptive business practice and what is more important, this practice presents significant health risk for customers.

The following is an explanation of some of the findings that come as a result of the aforementioned investigation:

Spring Valley Brand – Products Offered by Walmart:

Saw Palmetto

  • Certain products had only small quantities of saw palmetto
  • Both rice and garlic were part of this product

Echinacea

  • There were no traces of Echinacea or any plant material in the supplement

Gingko Biloba

  • There was no presence of gingko biloba in the supplement
  • On the other hand, the produced had dracaena, rice, radish, wheat and mustard

Ginseng

  • There was no ginseng present in this product
  • However, the supplement included citrus, dracaena, pine, rice and wheatgrass.

Garlic

  • Only one sample had small quantities of garlic
  • The supplement had wheat, dracaena, pine, rice and palm.

St. John’s Wort

  • There are no traces of St. John’s Wort
  • The supplement included rice, garlic and cassava.

Finest Nutrition Brand, Products Offered by Walgreens:

Saw Palmetto

  • The supplement included saw palmetto

Echinacea

  • There were no traces of Echinacea
  • On the other hand, there were rice, garlic and daisy in this product.

Gingko Biloba

  • There was no Gingko Biloba present in this supplement
  • Instead, the investigation found rice.

Ginseng

  • Ginseng was not present in this product
  • They have found rice and garlic

Garlic

  • No garlic found
  • Traces of dracaena, rice, palm and wheat detected

St. John’s Wort

  • No traces of St. John’s Wort in this product
  • The investigators found rice, garlic and dracaena

Herbal Plus Brand, Products Offered by GNC:

Saw Palmetto

  • Only one sample had palmetto in it.
  • Most of the samples included different ingredients like asparagus, rice and primrose.

Echinacea

  • There was no presence of Echinacea detected
  • On the other hand, they’ve found rice in some of the samples.

Gingko Biloba

  • The investigation didn’t find any Gingko Biloba
  • They have found spruce, garlic, asparagus and rice.

Ginseng

  • No ginseng found among samples
  • Did detect dracaena, rice, citrus, wheatgrass and pine.

Garlic

  • The product contained garlic.

St. John’s Wort

  • There was no presence of St. John’s Wort
  • The product contained rice, garlic and dracaena.

Up & Up Brand, Products Offered by Target

Saw Palmetto

  • The majority of tests have shown clear presence of saw palmetto
  • Some of these tests have shown that there is no plant DNA.

Echinacea

  • The majority of tests (even though not all of them) confirmed the presence of Echinacea
  • Only one test has shown the presence of rice.

Gingko Biloba

  • There were no traces of Gingko Biloba in the product.
  • The test detected rice, garlic and French bean.

Valerian Root

  • Valerian Root was not present in the product
  • The investigation found rice, peas, asparagus, saw palmetto, bean, allium and wild carrot.

Garlic

  • The product included garlic
  • One of the tests found that the product doesn’t include plant DNA.

St. John’s Wort

  • There were no traces of St. John’s Wort
  • On the other hand, the product contained rice, garlic and dracaena.

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