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After finding out that some of the Herbal Supplements that are on the market don’t actually contain herbs, regulators decided to test all of them.
An agreement was announced between New York Attorney Eric Schneiderman and NBTY, a manufacturer that produces supplements like Nature Bounty and Solgar. This means that more processes will be done in order to test the products.
In 2015 Schneiderman conducted a study in which he tested more products. For the test, he used a new DNA barcoding technology so that he could see the content of those supplements. The test did not confirm that they contained any trace of herb, but it showed that they had fillers such as powdered rice. The supplements have been sold in big stores like Walmart and Walgreens.
The studies were made on supplements that include ginkgo Biloba and ginseng and other 22,000 types of herbs.
Although this type of barcoding technology is new the NBTY hopes that the agreement will be a good one for the both parts and that the costumers will be happy.
This agreement also includes different types of test and regulations that should be respected in order to keep the standards of the producer as high as possible.
Schneiderman also mentioned that people who buy and take the herbal supplements should be able to feel confident and safe. They also should benefit from the herbs that are written on the bottle of the supplements. The regulations are going to be modified in order to have the same purity and authenticity that the products say they have on the labels.
NBTY is a producer from New York that has more than 11,000 employees around the world. In Canada and the United States, the manufacturer has many distribution facilities, packaging, and warehouses.
According to the latest official statements, around $250,000 funds will be given for genetic research. The researchers who will receive the money will make sure that the new agreement is respected by supplements manufacturers.
What is your opinion about the herbal supplements? Do you think that they contain the herbs that are written on the label? Do you consume them?
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