Key findings in New York state herbal supplements probe

Associated Press

Some key findings in an investigation by the New York state Attorney General's Office into the store brand herbal supplements sold by four major retailers: GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens:

GNC

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— 120 DNA tests run on 24 bottles of the herbal products purchased

— DNA matched label identification 22% of the time.

— Among contaminants identified: asparagus, rice, primrose, alfalfa/clover, spruce.

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TARGET

— 90 DNA tests run on 18 bottles

— DNA matched label identification 41% of the time.

— Among contaminants identified: allium, French bean, asparagus, pea, wild carrot, saw palmetto.

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WALGREENS

— 90 DNA test run on 18 bottles

— DNA matched label representation 18% of the time.

— Among contaminants identified: rice, wheat, palm, daisy and dracaena (houseplant).

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WALMART

— 90 DNA test run on 18 bottles

— DNA matched label representation 4% of the time.

— Among contaminants identified: pine, wheat/grass, rice mustard, citrus.

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Source: New York state Attorney General's Office