By Sarah Williams, MPH, MHA, RD, Nerac Analyst
Originally Published: March 5th, 2015
Early in February 2015, there was a media frenzy when the New York Attorney General’s office issued cease-and-desist letters to GNC, Target, and Walgreens for certain herbal supplements which were reported to contain contaminated and/or substituted ingredients.
The products, including gingko biloba, St. John’s Wort, ginseng, garlic, Echinacea, saw palmetto, and valerian root, were tested using DNA barcoding technology, which indicated a lack of the botanical ingredients claimed on the label and contamination with other ingredients, raising concerns of safety as well as deceptive business practices.
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