As American citizens become more conscious of their health and more committed to improving their wellness, drug manufacturers are capitalizing on the opportunity to sell more supplements than ever before. Though dietary supplements serve important purposes when produced and used properly, a recent test on major national retailers like GNC, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart found that the majority of mass-produced supplements cannot be trusted.
According to the New York State attorney general’s office, major retailers are selling fraudulent and possibly even dangerous herbal supplements. Four of out five products tested did not contain the herbs on their labels, instead consisting of cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus, and houseplants. Not only are these ingredients worthless for the purposes the products promise to fulfill, they are also dangerous to those with allergies.
How Is Such Widespread Fraud Even Possible?
Dietary supplements are exempt from the strict regulatory oversight required for prescription drugs, which for years has allowed manufacturers to sell products without meeting quality and safety requirements. The recent announcement from the New York State attorney general’s office marks the first effort by law enforcement to protect consumers from deliberately misleading herbal supplements. Continue reading “Should You Trust the Herbal Supplements from Major Retailers? Probably Not!”