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February 16, 2016
FDA: Majority of herbal supplements at GNC, Walmart, Walgreens, and Target don’t contain what they claim
It has been proved that Walmart, Walgreens, Target, and GNC are selling supplements that to not contain the ingredients on the label. There was a research conducted by the New York State attorney general`s office on the store-brand herbal supplements at four national retailers. The results have found that GNC, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart, which are the major retail stores, are selling supplements that do not contain the ingredients shown on their labels. Consequently, they received demand letters to stop selling these supplements. “Contamination, substitution and falsely labeling herbal products constitute deceptive business practices and, more importantly, present considerable health risks for consumers,” said the letters, as reported by the New York Times. From GNC, Herbal Plus brand: Gingko Biloba:
  • No gingko biloba found
  • Did detect allium (garlic), rice, spruce and asparagus
St. John’s Wort
  • No St. John’s Wort found
  • Did detect allium (garlic), rice and dracaena (a tropical houseplant)
Ginseng
  • No ginseng found
  • Did detect rice, dracaena, pine, wheat/grass and citrus
Garlic
  • Contained garlic
Echinacea
  • No echinacea found
  • Did detect rice in some samples
Saw Palmetto
  •  One sample contained the clear presence of palmetto
  • Other samples contained a variety of ingredients, including asparagus, rice and primrose
From Target, Up & Up brand Gingko Biloba
  • No gingko biloba found
  • Found garlic, rice and mung/French bean
St. John’s Wort
  • No St. John’s Wort found
  • Found garlic, rice and dracaena (houseplant)
Garlic
  • Contained garlic
  • One test identified no DNA
Echinacea
  • Most but not all tests detected Echinacea
  • One test identified rice
Saw Palmetto
  • Most tests detected saw palmetto
  • Some tests found no plant DNA
Valerian Root
  • No valerian root found
  • Found allium, bean, asparagus, pea family, rice, wild carrot and saw palmetto
From Walgreens, Finest Nutrition brand Gingko Biloba
  • No gingko biloba found
  • Did detect rice
St. John’s Wort
  • No St. John’s Wort found
  • Detected garlic, rice and dracaena
Ginseng
  • No ginseng found
  • Detected garlic and rice
Garlic
  • No garlic found
  • Detected palm, dracaena, wheat and rice
Echinacea
  • No echinacea found
  • Identified garlic, rice and daisy
Saw Palmetto
  • Contained saw palmetto
  • From Walmart, Spring Valley brand
Gingko Biloba
  • No gingko biloba found
  • Found rice, dracaena, mustard, wheat and radish
St. John’s Wort
  • No St. John’s Wort found
  • Detected garlic, rice and cassava
Ginseng
  • No ginseng found
  • Found rice, dracaena, pine, wheat/grass and citrus
Garlic
  • One sample showed small amounts of garlic
  • Found rice, pine, palm, dracaena and wheat
Echinacea
  • No echinacea or plant material found
Saw Palmetto
  • Some samples contained small amounts of saw palmetto
  • Also found garlic and rice
  – See more at: http://www.stayonthehealthypath.com/fda-finds-majority-of-herbal-supplements-at-gnc-walmart-walgreens-and-target-dont-contain-what-they-claim-instead-cheap-fillers-like-wheat-and-soy-powder/#sthash.pbUoUTvL.dpuf