Statement from UNPA re: action taken by the New York attorney general against a number of bortanical products sold at four major retailers.
Statement from UNPA re: New York State action
against botanical products
SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 3, 2015) — The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) has issued the following statement in response to actions taken by the attorney general of the state of New York against a number of house-brand botanical products sold at four retailers: Walmart, Walgreen's, Target and GNC stores.

In a press release issued today by the N.Y. attorney general, available here, the AG sent cease and desist letters to the retailers, citing DNA testing that he said failed to detect plant materials listed on the labels of the products, along with other alleged issues.

This statement is from Loren Israelsen, UNPA president:

“We are aware of the action taken by the New York State attorney general and the study that led to his office’s cease and desist order to these four retailers. We are currently in consultation with a number of our Science & Technology Services members and appropriate partner organizations because there has been an ongoing interest in and concerns regarding the viability of DNA testing for botanicals.
“It is now clear that a majority of the products tested using DNA analysis are plant extracts, which do not inherently contain intact DNA from the plant material. This fact alone suggests that the majority of testing done is invalid. Working with our member companies, we will continue with our own internal testing of these products to determine whether we can confirm the results released by the New York attorney general’s office. 
“The validity of the data is a central question. We are actively evaluating currently available data and will continue to make available our test results.
Additionally, we will continue to research and review this situation as the implications for responsible industry as well as the public’s perception of it and its products are not insignificant.”
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