FDA, And Others, Say New York Attorney General In Error About Herbal Supplements

February, 2015

You might have been shocked by the newspaper headlines that said that the New York Attorney General (NY AG) had found that GNC, Walgreen’s, Walmart and Target had herbal products that were shown to have no active ingredients in them.

The study that the NY AG relied on used DNA testing that is not an accurate method for testing herbal products.

The Food and Drug Administration called the DNA test used by the NY AG invalid a year before the current herbal recall.

We can expect to see the NY AG made aware for his error.

In fact, GNC is the first company to fight back. Please see: GNC refutes the NY AG's claims and submits standardized quality control tests.

The following link to an American Herbal Products Association paper explains more details.

American Herbal Products Association Rebuttal DNA study Feb., 2014

The following link is interesting, because the statement dismissing the DNA study came from Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., former director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

http://newhope360.com/news/npas-fabricant-questions-nyags-herbal-supplement-study-method

There are numerous other articles detailing the faults in the study and the New York Attorney General's lack of understanding of analytical science.

These include:

Fabricant, former FDA official, responds after New York AG subpoenas retailers. Is the NY AG just seeking publicity?

The American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP) Sends 58-Page Response to New York Attorney General 

http://cms.herbalgram.org/press/2015/ABCSaysNYAttyMisusedDNA.html?ts=1423243474&signature=9113f24b6c484a23ac6ca68e64a84a27

http://newhope360.com/news/unpa-new-york-attorney-general-actions-herbal-supplements-rare-chance-respond-hard-evidence

http://newhope360.com/news/crn-new-york-ags-sting-herbals-uninformed-reckless-and-inexcusable

http://www.anh-usa.org/anh-responds-to-ny-attorney-generals-supplement-sting-operation/

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/10-questions-we-need-answered-regarding-the-NY-AG-s-botanical-action

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/NY-AG-takes-on-GNC-Walgreens-Walmart-Target-on-herbal-supplements

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Regulation/NY-Office-of-the-Attorney-General-We-will-not-be-publishing-the-data-for-peer-review.-This-is-part-of-an-ongoing-investigation

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Regulation/Failure-to-refer-to-established-national-standards-calls-AG-investigation-into-question-experts-say

http://newhope360.com/news/npa-director-says-ny-attorney-general-actions-require-response-not-reactiion

http://newhope360.com/breaking-news/abc-nyag-misused-dna-testing

http://niemagazine.com/ny-attorney-general-says-major-retailers-selling-fraudulent-supplements-npa-crn-respond/

http://newhope360.com/news/different-tone-echo-chamber?NL=NH-02&Issue=NH-02_20150215_NH-02_66&YM_RID=%27email%27&YM_MID=%27mmid%27&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_4

Please share this with as many people as possible and help correct the misunderstanding.

Many blessings,

Michael Mooney