In a shocking investigation, the New York state attorney general’s office has found conclusive evidence that many herbal products on the shelves of GNS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and Target contain NONE of the ingredient promised on the label. In one sample test batch, 24 products were analyzed, with ONLY 5 of the products containing the herbs or product advertised. All others had unrecognizable plant matter not matching the listed ingredients.
Even more shocking “Additionally, five of the 24 contained wheat and two contained beans without identifying them on the labels — both substances are known to cause allergic reactions in some people.” So not only do the products (sold with high profit margins) not contain any of the main ingredient listed on the packaging, but they also contain potential dangerous allergens that could cause serious health effects in people with sensitivities to beans and wheat.
All of the companies listed above have received cease-and-desist letters.
This goes well beyond a case of buyer beware. This incident is just the tip of the iceberg in showcasing the unfortunately lax regulations regarding the production and sales of “herbal” products that are not classified as medicine.
We would urge people who have been using these products to talk to their doctors about alternative products and to share any side effects from taking these medications that may have been caused if you are known to have an allergy to beans or wheat.
Be safe. Be well. Be careful.
The original article disclosing more details on the investigation and case can be viewed here: