Prosecutors Focus on Safety of Herbal Supplements

Prosecutors Focus on Safety of Herbal Supplements

A group of state attorneys general is expected to announce the formation of a coalition to crack down on fraud and quality control issues in the herbal supplement industry. The coalition intends to pool their resources “to examine labeling, quality control, and other aspects of the herbal supplement industry.” Herbal supplements is a $5 billion-a-year industry that has been plagued by complaints of mislabeling. For example, four national retailers were recently accused of selling supplements that contained either little or none of the medicinal herbs advertised on their labels or, in many cases, included cheap fillers and contaminants like powdered rice, wheat, and houseplants. [3/10/15]

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