Wednesday, February 04, 2015
The dietary supplement industry has long been under attack for the efficacy of its products, but this charge is a blow to reputation, even if proved wrong. The New York State attorney general ordered Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Target and GNC to stop selling their herbal supplements immediately because they don't contain the products listed on the label. It makes the four retailers sound like quack medicine men hawking miracle cures to dull-witted marks. The argument made to the attorney general is that he tested the products incorrectly, but no matter, the damage is done. Now the retail giants will have to retest their supplements using standard and accepted techniques and present their results to the state of New York, which might or might not accept them. Meanwhile, the four retailers face the challenge of removing these products from their shelves in the Empire State, and perhaps, elsewhere, or braving the assault of the law and taking the issue to court. Either way, there isn't much one can say until new test results are in.