That’s exactly what alternative health and supplementation suppliers are doing as we “speak” – (‘shooting oneself in the foot’.)
Here’s what’s been happening in New York in the Alternative Health supplement arena.
The Attorney General’s Office decided to take a stroll through the supplement aisles at a few major chain stores.
Namely, they were Target, Walmart, GNC and Walgreens.
Do you recognize any of those names?
Have you ever bought their store brand supplements?
Do you even know what those store brands would have been?
Guess what….if you have purchased any of these, you have likely been fooled – and not in a good way.
Check out what the FDA found while doing their research.
The labels on many very popular supplements were faulty.
Well…they were actually downright lies.
Are you simply aghast that something like this could occur?
Remember though – that the FDA does not regulate this industry as they do pharmaceuticals. Aha. But they do require that even supplements are labeled correctly.
Therein lies the problems with some of their findings.
Just take a look:
At each store, problems were discovered.
- Target – Supplements including valerian root (mood & sleep), St. John’s wort (mood & depression), and ginkgo biloba (memory & more) contained none of their actual ingredients. What they did have for ingredients were things like beans, carrots, powered rice and more…..not exactly what they’re advertising, right?
- Walmart was also found to have some ginkgo biloba problems. Their wheat and gluten free product consisted of a variety of houseplants, radish powder and….hmmm, WHEAT. Wheat?? Yep, wheat.
- Walgreens wasn’t implicated for ginkgo, but that old friend ginseng got caught.
It was really just some rice powder stuff with a bit of garlic thrown in for good measure.
- Finally, let’s see about the GNC. What the FDA discovered here was that there were many fillers added to the supplements and not listed on the label. Some of these included legume powder.
In case you don’t know, legumes can be very serious to someone who has allergies such as to soybeans or possibly to peanuts. This could be extremely dangerous to some customers.
Well, by the time you read this – if it has not already happened – it very well maybe in progress. The supplements are going to be coming off the shelves.
When you head down to Walmart, Target, Walgreens or GNC and you notice empty shelves in the supplement area, now you will know why.
The New York State Attorney General was not very tolerant of their findings. They demanded these stores remove their store brand supplements from the shelves.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office sent letters to four major retailers, GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens, for allegedly selling store brand herbal supplement products in New York that either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance, or which were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels. NY Attorney General
The next thing you might wonder is. What happens next? How did those stores react?
Well, the stores all reacted a bit differently. Just take a look below:
- Walgreens probably showed the best response.
They were reported by the New York Times as saying they were going to pull the supplements nationwide.
- Walmart decided to work with their suppliers instead of taking any immediate action.
So much for continuing to sell illegal products?
- Target really hasn’t said anything.
- GNC upholds that their products are tested and validated, but they will work with the FDA to resolve their findings.
We don’t have all the answers, but we do have this to say…
How do we expect to establish the respect that alternative health and natural medicine deserve if we allow big businesses to make a fool and mockery of what we do?
ag.ny.gov (NY Attorney General)