If you are one of the millions of people who buy and take dietary supplements, you should now be wondering whether or not they actually contain the herbs they claim to. The New York Times reveals that the New York Attorney General has demanded that retail chains like Walmart and Walgreens stop selling common supplements like Ginseng and Gingkgo Biloba that, in fact, do not contain those herbs:
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The New York State attorney general’s office accused four major retailers on Monday of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the products from their shelves.
The authorities said they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels. The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies.