New York Attorney General Asks Major Retailers to Halt Sales Of Certain Herbal Supplements

St John’s Wort and other herbal ingredients were not found in products with this name sold at Wal-Mart’s and other chains. credit

NEW YORK — Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office sent letters to four major retailers, GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens, for allegedly selling store brand herbal supplement products in New York that either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance, or which were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels. The letters, sent Monday, call for the retailers to immediately stop the sale of certain popular products, including Echinacea, Ginseng, St. John’s Wort, and others. Schneiderman requested the companies provide detailed information relating to the production, processing and testing of herbal supplements sold at their stores, as well as set forth a thorough explanation of quality control measures in place.

  • Read Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s full press release
  • Read the Cease and Desist Notification from the AG
  • Read about the bill Senators Richard Blumenthal and Richard Durbin introduced in 2013 that would require dietary supplement manufacturers to register their products with the FDA and disclose the known risks of any ingredients on their labels.