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GNC agrees to new supplement testing procedures

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(NBC) - GNC has agreed to implement stricter testing procedures for herbal supplements that far exceed FDA requirements. 

The action comes after New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman accused GNC and three other retailers of selling supplements that were fraudulent or contaminated with unlisted ingredients that could pose health risks. 

Today, Schneiderman announced GNC will start DNA barcoding within 18 months to confirm the authenticity of all plants used as sources for its herbal supplements prior to processing. 

"This is not a matter of complex science, ladies and gentlemen, this is simply a matter of protecting consumers from fraud and protecting people from possible negative reactions to chemicals that aren't listed," Schneiderman said. 

GNC will also test for allergen contamination before and after production and will prominently disclose in its stores and on its website if a supplement product was derived from whole herbs or extracts.

The New York Attorney General's investigation into supplements sold by Target, Walmart and Walgreens is ongoing. 

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