It's a nightmare scenario: You buy some garlic supplements to help prevent the dreaded winter cold, and they contain a common allergen like wheat or non-organic material like sand. Even worse, the herbal supplements in your cabinet might not even contain the main ingredients advertised on the bottles.

he NY State attorney general's office has taken up a worthy cause by testing supplements and taking legal action against huge retailers like Walmart and Target, making us wonder, why hasn't the FDA done this? While Walgreens is opting for a recall, GNC is fighting back, saying that the DNA barcode testing technique used by the Canadian University of Guelph, partnered with the NY State attorney general's office, isn't recognized by the United States Pharmacopeia, a non-governmental non-profit organization that sets drug purity standards.

This isn't the first time we've heard about bogus herbal supplements, but the state's investigation ups the ante. 


Are you ready to toss your supplements from these four retailers? Which manufacturers do you trust? Tell us in the comments below.



ABC News Radio: 'Bogus' Herbal Supplements Fail Ingredient Test: Investigation