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The urgency of ensuring herbal supplement safety

Posted by Smiley & Smiley on Apr 13, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Many of our readers are likely familiar with the recent agreement reached between GNC and the New York State attorney general. This agreement will essentially ensure that New York consumers who shop at GNC will be better protected against fraudulent herbal supplements than these consumers have been in the past.

GNC is the America’s largest retail chain which specializes in dietary supplement sales. The recent agreement will hopefully inspire other chains and retailers to protect against the sale of fraudulent herbal supplements. However, these kinds of agreements do not meet the minimum standards of what Americans deserve. Just as the Food and Drug Administration regulates the contents of medications, the government should be more heavily invested in regulating the contents of herbal supplements and other dietary products like these.

When consumers are sold fraudulent supplements, devastating consequences can result. Individuals may become ill, may suffer injury and may even perish as a result of ingesting these supplements. There is absolutely no logical and widely justifiable reason why in today’s society, consumers should be regularly confronted by products that are fraudulently labeled and contain products which may seriously harm them.

Until stricter regulatory controls are put in place, please shop for herbal supplements and other products not regulated by the FDA with care. The recent GNC agreement is a step in the right direction, but it is certainly not enough to protect consumers in the ways they deserve to be protected. And if you have questions about any harm suffered from fraudulent supplements, please seek medical guidance and legal guidance when appropriate.

Source: New York Times, “Making Herbal Supplements Safer,” Editorial Board, April 1, 2015

Topics: defective-products

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