Supplement Showdown: NYC Retailers Forced To Pull Popular Pills From Shelves

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“Walgreens, Walmart, GNC and Target have agreed to remove certain herbal supplements from their shelves in New York after receiving a threat of legal action from the state’s attorney general, the New York Times reported.”

“The retailers received subpoenas from New York State attorney general Eric Schneiderman on Wednesday, demanding evidence for the health claims printed on labels of dietary supplements sold in New York — including Ginko Biloba, St. John’s Wort, Ginseng, Garlic, Echinacea, Valerian Root and Saw Palmetto pills from various brands (see below for a full list).”

“Last week, Schneiderman asked major retailers to halt sales of certain herbal supplements as DNA tests failed to detect plant materials listed on majority of products tested.”

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“Earlier this week, GNC said it refuted the claims made by Schneiderman in his Feb. 2 letter and said retesting results clearly and conclusively demonstrate that the company’s products are pure, properly labeled and in full compliance with all regulatory requirements.”

“Yesterday’s subpoenas, though, require the retailers to provide evidence of how they would prove the authenticity of their product claims, the newspaper said, citing a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation who is not authorized to discuss the case.”

“The attorney general’s team tested 24 products in total. Roughly four out of five supplements tested did not contain the medicinal herbs they were supposed to, and were instead rife with “cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies.”

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“Among the problem supplements was a ginseng pill from Walgreens marketed for increased endurance and vitality — but contained little more than garlic and rice powder. Another was a ginkgo biloba supplement from Walmart that was mainly a mix of powdered radish, houseplants, and wheat — and its label said it was wheat- and gluten-free.”

“The attorney general’s office conducted its test by purchasing 78 bottles of the four retailers’ top brands from a dozen Walmart, Target, GNC, and Walgreens stores in the state. Then, they used a type of “DNA barcoding” that analyzes short sequences of DNA within organisms (like herbs and plants) contained within a substance.”

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“Since supplements are not currently subjected to the FDA’s testing standards, some experts say it’s impossible to tell how safe they really are. In 2013, for instance, nearly 100 hepatitis cases were linked with a contaminated supplement.”

“See below for the complete list of supplements the New York attorney general asked retailers take off shelves.”


  • “Herbal Plus” Gingko Biloba
  • “Herbal Plus” St. John’s Wort
  • “Herbal Plus” Ginseng
  • “Herbal Plus” Garlic
  • “Herbal Plus” Echinacea
  • “Herbal Plus” Saw Palmetto


  • “Up & Up” Saw Palmetto
  • “Up & Up” Echinacea
  • “Up & Up” Garlic
  • “Up & Up” St. John’s Wort
  • “Up & Up” Gingko Biloba
  • “Up & Up” Valerian Root


  • “Finest Nutrition” Ginko Biloba
  • “Finest Nutrition” St. John’s Wort
  • “Finest Nutrition” Ginsberg
  • “Finest Nutrition” Garlic
  • “Finest Nutrition” Echinacea
  • “Finest Nutrition” Saw Palmetto


  • “Spring Valley” Gingko Biloba
  • “Spring Valley” St. John’s Wort
  • “Spring Valley” Ginseng
  • “Spring Valley” Garlic
  • “Spring Valley” Echinacea
  • “Spring Valley” Saw Palmetto

“Ashley Harris, RD, a dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, says you should always talk to a health care professional before taking a supplement. Even if it appears effective for treating or curbing a certain condition, that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone — or healthy.”

“There is always potential for dangerous interactions with current medications, supplements,  or health conditions,” she tells Yahoo Health. “So supplement use needs to be reevaluated with any change in your medication regimen or health status, and several supplements may need to be discontinued prior to surgeries.”

“In addition, if you choose to take a supplement, find the safest brands you can. “Because there is limited regulation with supplements on the market, it is important to do your research,” Harris says. “There are several third-party agencies who evaluate the purity and potency of supplements that you can use to guide you. Look for the USP or NSF International stamp of approval”

I just wanted to make some of you aware of what you are taking.

That is why I built this site for awareness, and the need for all natural foods and teas, along with natural ways to get healthy. The pharmaceutical companies and herb companies are making billions on our quest for a healthy life. Check out the supplements your taking and research what is actually in it.

There are good supplements out there. I will find them and post them for you. In the meantime, if you are taking any of these, stop taking them and return to store for refund. I am sorry that they are doing this and it is not right to cheat us into thinking we are getting healthy.

Please try to get healthy the natural way. I will do my best to show you how

I received this information today and I continually look for more information on your health. Until then……Have a Bountiful Day

Sources  Yahoo Health


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