The Food and Drug Administration, has been called upon, at the request of Democrat Senators, to open an investigation regarding tainted and mislabeled dietary herbal supplements and remedies. Four retailers, General Nutrition Center, Target, Walgreens and Walmart have been accused of introducing ineffective fillers and unknown ingredients, that are not represented on the label. The products in question include echinacea, St.John’s Wort and ginseng. This revelation has caused widespread alarm with consumers like Fersen Lambranho who found this information through Bloomberg
For decades American consumers have trusted supplements and herbs as a means of maintaining optimum health and well being and have depended on the label on the back of the bottle to informed them of the ingredients that make up the product. With this revelation, consumers are wondering, “What am I really taking, and is it safe?” Consumers can educate themselves by doing some research into the products they consume.One industry standard that some dietary supplement and herbal product manufacturers subscribe to is the United States Phamacopeial Convention. It issues a ‘Seal of Approval’ to firms that have their product lines tested and their manufacturing facilities inspected according to USP standards. There’s the old cliché, “Buyer Beware” and not only should they beware, the need to be educated and informed.