Bailey & Glasser Investigating Herbal Supplement Class Action Claims

For the past year, Bailey & Glasser attorneys Greg Porter and Michael Murphy have been investigating claims and conducting scientific tests on a number of herbal supplements.

On February 2, New York State’s Attorney General instructed four nationwide retailers –GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart – to immediately cease selling certain store-brand herbal supplements after investigation and testing found that the products contained substances other than what was on their label and undisclosed substances that were potentially dangerous to those with allergies.  In light of the New York Attorney General’s report, Bailey & Glasser is expanding its investigation into store-brand dietary supplements from GNC, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart.

DNA tests found that just 21% of the test results from store brand herbal supplements verified DNA from the plants listed on the products’ labels. The testing was done on 24 supplements including: gingko biloba, St. John’s wort, ginseng, garlic, echinacea, saw palmetto, and valerian root.

The Attorney General tested the following store brands:

  • GNC (sold under the “Herbal Plus” brand)
  • Target (sold under the “Up & Up” brand)
  • Walgreens (sold under the “Finest Nutrition” brand)
  • Wal-Mart (sold under the “Spring Valley” brand)

If you or someone you know purchased one of these supplements from GNC, Target, Walgreens or Walmart, please contact Greg Porter or Michael Murphy in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office at (202) 463-2101.

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