From the New York Times this morning:
An agreement announced Monday by the New York State attorney general and GNC, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of dietary supplements, should provide protection against fraudulent herbal products that don’t contain the ingredients listed on their labels or contain unlisted ingredients that are potentially dangerous.
Under the deal, the company will use sophisticated DNA tests to authenticate the plants that will be used as ingredients in its herbal products, will conduct widespread randomized tests for the most common allergens, and will require its suppliers to do the same. The agreement ought to set a standard for herbal products and pave the way, one hopes, for much tougher national regulation of the loosely supervised supplement industry whose products are used by tens of millions of Americans.
The full story is here.