Did you read about Herbal-Supplement Scam: Tests Reveal Fake and Dangerous Ingredients According to YAHOO SHINE OF NOV 4, 2013? ”Findings of a recent study, using DNA analysis, suggest that many plant-based remedies on the market today may be made of cheap fillers, such as soy, rice, and wheat, or contain weeds or potentially harmful contaminants.” Many of the herbal capsules that people purchased in drug stores and online are “contaminated with plant species not listed on the ingredients list, including some that were considered toxic or allergy producing, as well as other potentially hazardous substances”. In a 2010 study A lot of the vitamins, etc. tested positive for hazardous substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and pesticides.
Speaking of which, I used to have a booth at the farmers market next to a man about 10 years older than myself. He told me that he adds arsenic to his fertilizer when planting his produce. This man was not an uneducated person by any means. His real job was working at a newspaper company as the lead graphic artist.
People love to complain about the FDA sticking its’ nose into food and farming operations. But if you are observant, you’ll be able to see why. Not everyone has the same sanitation and safety codes when they grow and harvest their produce, herbs, animals, what have you. It can be years before the FDA receives enough complaints to take action. And adverse reactions are shockingly underreported.
According to this article, you can also look for a "USP Verified" label, which means the manufacturer has voluntarily asked the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, a nonprofit organization that sets industry standards for medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements, to test the quality of its product.
When it comes to botanicals, quality control is difficult and all the more reason to sell them in the most natural state possible.
I’m seeing some people selling their herbs in vegi capsules and really wonder why anyone would purchase herbs this way from an herbalist. It seems to me that there is too much handling of the herb involved. Where do these people get the vegi capsules from in the first place? Are they making them, themselves? Then, how do these people fill these capsules? Are they wearing gloves? Hair nets? What about their equipment? And can they offer a USP Verified label? At least for the most part, companies who make and sell the herb and vitamin supplements have to follow sanitation codes, thanks to the FDA. However, an herbalist working out of their home, doesn’t. This is something to really think on. Herbalist should be way above companies that are selling their vitamins and herbs in unsanitary conditions and using fillers in their products. People rely on us to provide the best and that’s what we should be doing.