Retailers accused of selling fake and potentially harmful supplements and herbal products

With more information coming out about both the long and short term dangers of pharmaceuticals and other over the counter synthetic remedies, herbal supplements and homeopathic alternatives are becoming more the norm for not only customers to purchase, but for companies to carry. With the lack of FDA regulation on herbal supplements, companies like Walmart, GNC, and Walgreens (and the company’s products they carry) can label an item however they want and may or may not have what you paid for in said product.

In fact, In February, 2015, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman (New York) sent cease-and-desist letters to GNC, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart, after a study commissioned by the office failed to detect identifiable genetic material for the plants depicted on the labels in most of the four retailers’ herbal supplement products. Examples of what was tested are St. john’s wort, ginseng, saw palmetto, and Echinacea   The findings where appalling. Schneiderman said DNA tests by his investigations found that just 21% of the test results from store brand herbal supplements verified DNA from the plants listed on the products’ labels — with 79% coming up empty for DNA related to the labeled content or verifying contamination with other plant material. With most items being shown to have little to none of the herbs listed, and instead filled with cheap alternatives such as allium (onions, garlic), rice, wheat, palm, daisy, alfalfa, and dracaena (a house plant). The off-label substitutes are typically cheaper and, in certain cases, have been linked to serious medical consequences, including liver failure.

With that in mind everyone here at Mach 8 strives to not only get you the product you pay for at a fair price, but to ensure that it is exactly what it says it is on the label. We lab test our products  to ensure our products are natural, pure, and as close to what nature intended it to be. For more information please read our mission statement