CRN's FTC Enforcement Action Compilation

The purpose of this compilation is to provide information about and access to dietary supplement—and functional food-related enforcement actions issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). CRN publishes this web page as a service to its members and for informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for legal advice, and CRN cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information provided. Please visit the FTC’s website at www.ftc.gov for additional information about FTC and its enforcement efforts. Please consult professional legal counsel with any specific questions or for legal advice regarding the information published on this website.

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Date of Decision:
Company:
Beony International, LLC
Product: Acai Berry Products
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$13 million judgment / Must halt fake news site to market products / Required to make clear their messages are ads rather than journalism / Prohibited from making deceptive claims / Must disclose material connections with merchants
Additional Information:
$13 million judgment suspended upon payment of $1.6 million within 5 days / Judgment used for consumer redress
Date of Decision:
Company:
Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, Inc.
Product: Avlimil / Rogisen / Enzyte
Product Category:
  • Female Sexual Dysfunction
  • Night Vision
Last Action:
Prohibited from making claims without scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting testimonials
Additional Information:
FTC authorized to monitor compliance
Date of Decision:
Company:
Bioque Technologies, Inc.
Product: Serum GV
Product Category:
  • Cancer
Last Action:
$9000 judgment / Prohibit from making cancer cure claims without scientific evidence / Prohibited from making efficacy claims without scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting scientific evidence
Additional Information:
Company must notify consumers about FTC action
Date of Decision:
Company:
Body Wise International, Inc. / Dr. Jesse Stoff
Product: AG-Immune
Product Category:
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • HIV/AIDS
Last Action:
$2 million civil penalty to FTC / $1.6 million payment to California / Prohibits disease-related or other health claims unless substantiated by competent and reliable scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting tests or studies / Endorsers must disclose material connections and rely on competent and reliable scientific evidence
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
Bodyhealth.com
Product: BodyHealth Optimum Health Survival Kit
Product Category:
  • Ebola Virus
Last Action:
Joint FDA-FTC Warning Letter / Unapproved and unsubstantiated claims
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
Brain Research Labs, LLC, et al.
Product: Procera AVH
Product Category:
  • Cognitive Health
  • Memory
Last Action:
$1.4 million judgment / Prohibited from making claims that a product improves or restores memory, mental clarity, focus, concentration, mood, or other cognitive or mental function; or stops or reverses memory loss, or cognitive or mental decline unless supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence that consists of human clinical testing conducted by qualified researchers / All underlying or supporting data and documents must be available for inspection and production / Other health-related claims must be supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting tests or studies
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
Bronson Partners, LLC
Product: Chinese Diet Tea / Bio-Slim Patch
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$2 million judgment / Prohibited from deceptively selling or advertising any weight-loss products
Additional Information:
Defendants ordered to help FTC identify consumers and provide restitution
Date of Decision:
Company:
Catlin Enterprises, Inc.
Product: Withdrawal Ease and Recovery Ease
Product Category:
  • Opiate Addiction
Last Action:
$6.6 million suspended judgment / Prohibited from making claims about opiate withdrawal, opiate dependency, or any disease, including through their product names, unless substantiated by competent and reliable scientific evidence that is sufficient in quality and quantity, based on standards generally accepted by experts in the relevant disease, condition, or function to which the representation relates / Such testing shall be randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled and conducted by qualified persons / Other health-related claims must be supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence conducted and evaluated by experts in the relevant disease, condition, or function to which the representation relates, and must be randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled when required by such experts
Additional Information:
Preservation of records required, except for reliably reported tests
Date of Decision:
Company:
CellMark Biopharma, LLC
Product: CellAssure and Cognify
Product Category:
  • Cancer
  • Cognitive Health
Last Action:
Prohibited from making cancer-related claims unless supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence that is randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled and conducted by qualified researchers / Other health-related claims must be supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence that includes RCTs when required by experts in the field / Prohibited from misrepresenting any tests or studies
Additional Information:
Preservation of records required, except for reliably reported tests
Date of Decision:
Company:
Central Coast Nutraceuticals, Inc.
Product: Acai Pure / Colotox
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$80 million judgment / Refund checks sent to consumers / Prohibited from making claims without scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting scientific evidence
Additional Information:
$80 million judgment suspended / Company ordered to pay $1.5 million / $6 million refunded to consumers