Posted August 16, 2013

Ginkgo, Milk Thistle, Cleanse and Nopal Supplement Maker Warned For Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On July 23, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Natural Products Services, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including CircuForce, HealthForce Liver Rescue 4+, HealthForce Scram, and HealthForce Nopal Blood Sugar, to be adulterated because they were packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

These violations include failure to conduct at least one appropriate test or examination to verify the identity of every component that is a dietary ingredient, failure to establish specifications for the packaging and labeling of the finished packaged and labeled dietary supplements, and failure to prepare and follow a written master manufacturing record for each unique dietary supplement formulation.

Statements made on the labels for CircuForce, HealthForce Liver Rescue 4+, HealthForce Scram and HealthForce Nopal Blood Sugar were also found to be drug claims.

CircuForce contains Ginkgo biloba, Siberian eleuthero extract and gotu kola extract. It was promoted for improving circulation and brain function with statements such as, "...Ginkgo's natural effect of increasing blood circulation...

(See ConsumerLab.com's Reviews of Ginkgo Biloba Supplements and Ginseng Supplements for tests of related products.)

HealthForce Liver Rescue 4+ contains milk thistle seed extract, dandelion root extract, Wasabi japonica and Picrorhiza kurroa. It was promoted for improving liver function and protecting the skin with statements such as, "Helps protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation.

(See ConsumerLab.com's Review of Milk Thistle Supplements for tests of related products.)

HealthForce Scram contains cloves, black walnut hull, wormwood, milk thistle extract, Wasabi extract and enzymes. It was promoted for cleansing the body of "unwanted organisms" with statements such as, " ...uses therapeutically effective quantities ... to kill unwanted microorganisms.

(See ConsumerLab.com's Digestive Enzyme Supplements Review for tests of related products.)

HealthForce Nopal Blood Sugar contains nopal cactus leaf. It was promoted for improving blood sugar, insulin and cholesterol levels with statements such as, "Caution to insulin users/diabetics: Due to Nopal's natural effect of assisting the moderation of blood sugar and insulin levels, check with your doctor as your dose may need to be monitored/adjusted.

(See reviews of Chromium Supplements and Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements for tests of related products.)

In addition, these supplements, and the company's Truly Natural Vitamin C, were found to be misbranded because the labels did not provide information required by federal regulations. 

(See ConsumerLab.com's Review of Vitamin C Supplements for tests of related products.)

To read the FDA's warning, use the link below.