False Advertising of Supplements
Recently, it has been publicized that some herbal supplements that are sold at major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, and GNC do not actually contain the herb or plants that are advertised. Some of these products do not only contain false advertising, but they do not list common allergens that could put certain people at risk. Due to both of these issues, these stores have been ordered to stop selling a number of products.
DNA tests have been run on a variety of these supplements, showing that most of these products contain different plants than those that are advertised or other substitutions. Due to the fact that supplements do not count under products that must be approved under the Food and Drug Administration, there is little regulation in regards to supplements. According to a 2012 paper that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a lack of regulation in terms of supplements has been associated with a multitude of issues, including kidney failure and hepatitis.
Although some of these companies have chosen to remove offending products, this issue continues to pose a risk to consumers everywhere.
To read more from the original article about this, go to this link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/03/gnc-target-wal-mart-walgreens-accused-of-selling-fake-herbals/.
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