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November 2015

The Nature's Bounty Co. Responds to New York Attorney General's Recent Assertions Regarding Herbal Supplements

Ronkonkoma, NY – The Nature's Bounty Co. has issued the following statement in response to the NY State Attorney General’s assertion regarding certain lots of herbal supplements sold at select retailers in New York State:

Over the past few days there have been various news reports with respect to the recent actions taken by the New York Attorney General’s Office (NY AG) that call into question the quality of a very specific and narrow list of certain manufacturing lots of herbal dietary supplements being sold at select retailers in New York State. While no The Nature's Bounty Co. or affiliate branded products are involved in the current NY AG action and only a limited number of product lots referenced in the NY AG letters were contract manufactured by The Nature's Bounty Co. as part of its private label business, as an industry leader, we would like to clearly express our position on this matter.

The Nature's Bounty Co. is of the firm opinion that the NY AG’s use of an inappropriate and incomplete testing methodology for herbal identification is the cause for its inaccurate test results. The testing methodology that the NY AG used is based on a form of DNA barcode testing, and this test method, while useful in some instances and as part of a broader array of testing, has not been validated to test for the definitive presence of herbal ingredients in finished botanical dietary supplements. The Nature's Bounty Co., along with many other industry members, are working closely with industry advocacy groups, such as the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), to convincingly demonstrate the inappropriateness and unreliability of the testing methodology used by the NY AG.

Our products go through rigorous testing protocols that fully adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) to ensure their integrity. Our raw materials are authenticated upon receipt and finished products are tested to ensure potency as part of our routine testing procedures for every lot of product. We are confident that our multi-level testing regime, which is in accordance with GMP standards, is the most appropriate testing to ensure the integrity of these products. As such, we are confident that the products that we provide our customers are accurately labeled and of the highest quality.

About The Nature's Bounty Co.

The Nature's Bounty Co. has enriched the lives of consumers around the world by introducing innovative products and solutions to the health and wellness marketplace for more than 40 years. Our ongoing mission to deliver the highest quality nutritional supplements and wellness products has resulted in an extensive portfolio of well-known and trusted brands, including Nature’s Bounty®, Sundown Naturals®, Osteo Bi-Flex®, Solgar ®, Balance Bar®, MET-Rx®, Pure Protein®, Body Fortress®, Puritan’s Pride®, Holland & Barrett®, De Tuinen® and many others. As a leading global manufacturer, marketer, distributor and retailer of more than 20,000 vitamins and nutritional supplements, The Nature's Bounty Co. is committed to supporting wellness by creating products that consumers want and making them easily available anywhere they shop. Learn more about our wellness vision and industry-leading products at www.nbty.com. Alphabet Holding is the parent company of The Nature's Bounty Co..

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