A Dietary Supplement is intended for ingestion and contains a "dietary ingredient" intended to add further nutritional value to the diet. Unfortunately, several brands of these supplements have been shown to be made up of filler ingredients instead of the actual supplement itself.
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Dietary Supplements Under Investigation
It was found that several store brand herbal supplements did not contain any of the herbs it claimed on the labels. These supposed medicinal herbs were simply filled with cheap fillers an approximate four out of five times.
- Walmart “Spring Valley” Brand
Ginseng, Garlic, Echinacea, Saw Palmetto, Gingko Biloba, and St. John’s Wort. None of the products tested by the AG consistently revealed DNA from the labeled herb. In 90 tests, the DNA findings matched the label only 4% of the time. Moreover, the products were found to be contaminated with filler ingredients, including rice and wheat/grass, palm, and cassava.
- Walgreens’ “Finest Nutrition” Brand
Ginseng, Garlic, Echinacea, Gingko Biloba and St. John’s Wort. In 90 tests of six products, the DNA findings matched the label only 18% of the time. The products were found to be contaminated with filler ingredients, including rice, wheat, palm, and daisy.
- GNC “Herbal Plus” Brand
Ginseng, Echinacea, Saw Palmetto, Gingko Biloba, and St. John’s Wort. In 120 tests of six products, the DNA findings matched the label only 22% of the time. The products were found to be contaminated with filler ingredients, including asparagus and alfalfa.
- Target “Up & Up” Brand
Testing revealed no trace of DNA of Gingko Biloba, St. John’s Wort or Valerian Root in those supplements. Target products were also found to be contaminated with filler ingredients, including allum, asparagus and pea.
In some cases, the substances used as fillers could be dangerous to those with allergies.
If you or a loved one have experienced a negative allergic reaction or other serious effect as the result of a dietary supplement such as the ones listed above, you could be eligible to pursue a claim against the pill manufacturers. Our firm will thoroughly investigate the circumstances leading up to the incident and hold the appropriate parties responsible for whatever injury or reaction you may have experienced. With upwards of 60 years of experience and a track record of success, you can trust in our firm to deliver quality representation.
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