Your Herbal Supplements May Be a Danger to Your Health!

An investigation by Attorney General Erik T. Schneiderman revealed that herbal supplements being sold at four major retailer – GNC, Walmart, Target and Walgreens – did not contain the herbs they purported to contain. DNA testing on products like Echinacea, ginseng, St. John’s Wort and garlic revealed that just 21% of store brand supplements from those retailers actually contained the plants listed on the label.

The investigation found that in addition to many bottles falsely claiming to contain certain herbs, bottles were also chock full of other ingredients, some of which were not a “botanical substance of any kind.”

Some of the contaminants identified include rice, beans, pine, citrus, asparagus, primrose, wheat, houseplant, wild carrot, and others.

Being scammed by companies is not only a waste of money but it is also a health hazard! Those with food allergies can be severely affected by such products. One GNC product contained powdered legumes. This product could potentially send someone with a nut allergy to the ER. Another product sold at Walmart, ginko biloba, contains wheat, despite a label on the bottle denoting it gluten-free. Find the full list of products here.

If you have consumed one of the products on this list, contact us immediately for free legal advice.

 

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP