Several major retailers were recently forced to pull supplements from their shelves due to alleged fraud and quality control issues associated with them. Claims were made that these products contained little or none of the herbal ingredients marketed. This has prompted the formation of a coalition by a group of attorneys general from New York, Connecticut, Indiana and Puerto Rico. The purpose of this coalition is to help ensure safety of herbal supplements. Several groups argued that quality testing that led to the initial accusations is not appropriate for herbal extracts and that plant DNA would not be discovered because it would be destroyed during the extraction process. Whether or not the quality of these allegedly misbranded products is acceptable is not known however, this coalition is determined to make sure that the herbal supplements are pure and marketed as labeled. What are your thoughts about this controversy? What herbal supplement brands do you trust?
To learn more about this topic, please visit NY Times, American Botanical Council and American Herbal Products Association.
American Botanical Council: http://abc.herbalgram.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=81302&em_id=34262.0
American Herbal Products Association: http://www.ahpa.org/Default.aspx?tabid=505
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