The GNC Effect

After a bleak year for the sports supplements giant, will other retailers change their ways?

By all accounts, these are tough times for GNC.

In the past two years, the sports nutrition leader has been: accused in a class action lawsuit of carrying spiked protein products; investigated by the N.Y. Attorney General for allegedly selling house plants disguised as store-brand herbs; and sued by the Oregon Attorney General for “knowingly” selling third-party stimulants spiked with drugs. It has seen executives from one of its vendors, USP Labs, indicted on criminal cha

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