The Problem and Attorney General’s statement:
It was found out that DNA barcoding tests commissioned by attorney general’s office on six popular herbal supplements found that of hundreds of bottles tested, 4 out of 5 contained none of the herbs listed on the labels. The supplements included ginseng, touted as an energy booster; Echinacea, marketed as a cold remedy; St. John’s Wort, used for depression; and ginkgo biloba, used for memory problems.
This has been taken as a serious issue as the packaging and marketing of these undisclosed ingredients in the herbal supplements can cause dangerous reactions thus being detrimental and misleading to the consumers.
Information requested from the manufacturers and retailers by March 13, 2015:
- The name, concentration, country of origin, and any extraction method used for each component of the supplement;
- A description of analytic testing used to confirm the content and quality of any ingredient as well as the finished product;
- A detailed description of measures taken to ensure quality across the supply chain from farm to factory;
- Testing done to substantiate label claims such as “gluten free” or “hypoallergenic;”
- Copies of all documents related to adverse health consequences, including allergic reactions.
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