Nowadays, much of the people are using non-food substances marketed to improve health. This is the use of plant-derived substances, and sometimes other environmental substances to treat or cure medical conditions. Much more to this, herbal supplements are still under investigation due to its contamination and spoliation found at some of the nation’s leading retailers. This caught the eye of Attorney General George Jepsen, who announced Tuesday Connecticut’s part in a coalition to investigate the industry.
Jepsen said the multistate coalition including the states of New York and Indiana as well as the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico will be seeking greater transparency from the sellers and manufacturers of herbal supplements. Among the issues found during an analysis by the New York Attorney General’s Office of herbal products sold by GNC, Walmart, Target and Walgreens were the presence of unlabeled plant species and potentially dangerous substances as well as products so over processed that the labeled ingredients were missing or not readily detectable.
Jepsen’s office cited a two-year-old Canadian Institutes of Health Research study that estimated 65,000 dietary supplement products are being consumed by more than 150 million Americans. Supplements are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration without rigorous approval and labeling processes required of pharmaceuticals. Yet, according to Jepsen’s office, more than half of FDA’s most serious drug recall cases between 2004 and 2012 were aimed at dietary supplements such as ephedra, a substance that was banned in the United States more than a decade ago after leading to hundreds of deaths.
This serious problem if not to be taken furthermore actions, would likely cause greater problems and to have more adverse consequences. Jepsen, still on its anxiety utter words to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of New York that brought him to arise from his office’s analysis of herbal supplements sold on store shelves in his state related to this “serious public health and consumer protection concerns”
“Mislabeled supplements ingested by the public pose a significant danger to those who have food allergies or take medication,” according to a release from Jepsen’s office. “If the producers of herbal supplements fail to identify all the ingredients on a product’s label, a consumer with food allergies, or who is taking medication for an unrelated illness, is taking a potentially serious health risk every time a contaminated herbal supplement is ingested”.“Consumers are entitled to expect that the product they are purchasing actually contains the ingredients as listed on the label,” Jepsen added.
“Clearly, the questions we raised about the herbal supplements sold in New York resonate outside of our borders,” Schneiderman said. “By joining together, we can go further in investigating this industry and, as needed, in achieving reform”. Concerns are hoping regarding in this specific matter would be controlled with greater regulation and standardization.