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Retailers settle fraudulent supplement lawsuits

dietary supplements pills probiotics Retailers settle fraudulent supplement lawsuits A group of consumers suing some national retail chains for selling dietary supplements that allegedly did not contain their labeled ingredients have agreed to settle the multidistrict litigation, Natural Products Insider reports.

The lawsuits pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois named Target Corp., Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and NBTY Inc. (now The Nature’s Bounty Co.). GNC Holdings Inc. was initially named but the company insisted that it manufactured its supplements in accordance to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. GNC Holdings was eventually dropped from the case.

The lawsuits were prompted by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s 2015 announcement of laboratory test results on herbal supplements using DNA barcode technology. Schneiderman said that 21 percent of the supplements tested actually contained their labeled herbs, and that others contained undeclared substances.

Some of the companies named in the Schneiderman investigation agreed to incorporate DNA technology into their testing to ensure the ingredients in their dietary supplements correspond to what’s printed on the label.

Since the litigation has settled, questions of whether the consumers in the case were actually defrauded by the herbal supplement companies remain unanswered by the courts.

Source: Natural Products Insider