FDA Finds Majority of Herbal Supplements at GNC, Walmart, Walgreens, And Target Don’t Contain What They Claim – Instead Cheap Fillers Like Wheat And Soy Powder

The New York State attorney general’s office conducted an investigation into store-brand supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart. The investigation found that these giant retail stores sell dietary supplements that do not contain the herbs specified on their labels. Moreover, many of these supplements included potential allergens which were not identified in the ingredients list.

Normally, all these stores deserved their cease-and-desist letters which requested them to stop selling these products. These letters, first reported today by the New York Times maintained that “Contamination, substitution and falsely labeling herbal products constitute deceptive business practices and, more importantly, present considerable health risks for consumers.”

We will now explain the findings of the investigations of these products in more details below:

Products by Walmart, Spring Valley brand:


  • No echinacea or plant material was found in the supplement

Saw Palmetto

  • Garlic and rice were found in the product
  • Some samples contained small amounts of saw palmetto


  • No ginseng detected
  • Instead, rice, dracaena, pine, wheat/grass and citrus were found in the supplement

Gingko Biloba

  • No gingko Biloba found in the dietary supplement
  • Instead, the product included rice, dracaena, mustard, wheat and radish

St. John’s Wort

  • No St. John’s Wort found
  • Detected garlic, rice and cassava


  • One sample showed small amounts of garlic
  • The product included rice, pine, palm, dracaena and wheat

Products By Walgreens, Finest Nutrition brand

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