Hopefully it won't take a few more events like this to convince American legislators that herbal supplements need to be regulated by the FDA. From the article:
Among other things, prosecutors allege in court filings that some or all of the defendants:This isn't the first time that herbal supplement companies have been found to dope their product with the active ingredients of legitimate pharmaceuticals. If that doesn't demonstrate the cynical nature of many of the businesses selling this crap... Please. Regulate it now.
-Discussed killing a U.S. Food and Drug Administration agent and blackmailing an assistant U.S. attorney. Neither plot was carried out, but a Hi-Tech co-founder was subsequently jailed after being convicted of being a felon in possession of a “firearm silencer.”
-Used the herbal stimulant ephedra in Hi-Tech diet products after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned its use on April 12, 2004, finding it presented “an unreasonable risk of illness or injury.”
-Sold "herbal" supplements that actually contained the active ingredients of prescription drugs that could interact dangerously with other medications.
-Illegally imported and sold banned steroids.
-Manufactured phony ecstasy tablets that were sold on U.S. streets.
-Created a muscle-building drink that was later marketed as a cleaning solution in an effort to mislead investigators.