You Should Know

March 1998 Issue

Ginseng and Other Herbs May Pack an Alcoholic Punch

That vial of ginseng that promises to pick you up may actually bring you down. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) is warning consumers that some ginseng products sold in convenience, video and health food stores can contain up to 34% alcohol, though most don't state that on the label. Usually packaged in small vials containing about 1/3 ounce and selling for about $1, they are frequently displayed at checkout stands

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