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:
GeneLink, Inc.
Product: Nutritional supplements
Product Category:
  • Genetic Assessments
Last Action:
Prohibited from claiming the product will treat, prevent, mitigate, or reduce the risk of any disease by modulating the effect of genes, or based on a customized genetic assessment unless the claim is true and supported by at least two well-controlled studies / Required that claims that a product effectively treats or prevents a disease in persons with a particular genetic variation must be backed up with randomized clinical trials conducted on subjects who have that genetic variation / Prohibited from misrepresenting scientific research / Prohibited from misrepresenting privacy and security practices
Additional Information:
Must establish security program / Compliance monitoring for 20 years
Date of Decision:
Company:
Genesis Today, Inc. / Pure Health LLC / Lindsey Duncan
Product: Green Coffee Bean
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$9 million judgment / Prohibited from making weight-loss and fat-loss claims unless supported by at least two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled human clinical studies / Prohibited from making other health benefit and efficacy claims for any supplement or drug without competent and reliable scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting the status of any user or endorser of any product, or failing to disclose material connections / Prohibited from misrepresenting tests or studies
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
Gerber Product Co., dba Nestlé Nutrition, Nestlé Infant Nutrition, and Nestlé Nutrition North America
Product: Good Start Gentle
Product Category:
  • Infant Formula
Last Action:
Complaint charges the company with making unsubstantiated allergy-prevention claims and misrepresenting that Good Start Gentle has qualified or received approval for a FDA health claim
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
Gero Vita International / Chase Revel
Product: Lung Support Formula / Antibetic Pancreas Tonic / G.H.3 / Chitoplex / Testerex
Product Category:
  • Disease Claims
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$30 million judgment suspended upon payment of $540,000 / Prohibited from making claims related to respiratory problems, diabetes, anti-aging, sexual enhancement, and weight loss, or any disease, without competent and reliable scientific evidence / Requires sexual enhancement products containing yohimbe to include a warning / Prohibited from misrepresenting any test, study, advertisement or endorsement
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
GetAwayGrey, LLC
Product: GetAwayGrey
Product Category:
  • Gray Hair Reversal/Prevention
Last Action:
Prohibited from making claims that a product reverses or prevents the formation of gray hair unless supported by human clinical testing that: (1) is randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled; (2) utilizes, if applicable, valid endpoints generally recognized by experts in dermatology and yields statistically significant between-group results; and (3) is conducted by researchers qualified by training and experience to conduct such testing / Other health-related claims must be supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting tests or studies / All underlying or supporting data and documents must be available for inspection and production
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
Glucorell, Inc. / Anafit, Inc.
Product: Insulow / Glucorell R
Product Category:
  • Diabetes
Last Action:
$493,545 judgment / Prohibited from making claims unless truthful, not misleading, and substantiated by competent and reliable scientific evidence / Prohibited from making representations about the benefits, performance, or efficacy of any dietary supplement, food, or drug without competent and reliable scientific evidence
Additional Information:
Full judgment suspended due to inability to pay / FTC authorized to monitor compliance
Date of Decision:
Company:
Goen Technologies Corporation / Nutramerica Corporation / Trimspa, Inc. / Alexander Szynalski
Product: Trimspa
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$1.5 million judgment / Prohibited claims about the health benefits, performance, efficacy, safety, or side effects of TrimSpa, Hoodia gordonii, or any dietary supplement, food, drug, or health-related service or program unless the claims are true, not misleading, and substantiated by competent and reliable scientific evidence
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
Great American Products, Inc. / Physician's Choice, Inc.
Product: Ultimate HGH / Super HGH Booster / Master HGH / Super HGH / Fat Blaster / Super Carbo Blocker / Ultimate Wild Oregano Oil / Super Wild Oregano Oil
Product Category:
  • Anti-Aging
  • Disease Claims
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$20 million judgment in June 2005 for making false and unsubstantiated claims / Prohibited from misrepresenting test results / Prohibited from misrepresenting advertising / Required disclosures regarding the paid-for nature of long-form radio and television advertisements
Additional Information:
Established consumer redress program / FTC authorized to monitor compliance
Date of Decision:
Company:
Health Formulas, LLC, dba Simple Pure Nutrition
Product: Various dietary supplements and other weight-loss, virility, muscle-building, and skin cream products
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
  • Skin Care
  • Sexual Enhancement
Last Action:
Temporary injunction issued / Defendants charged with making unsubstantiated claims and violating the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act , the Commission’s Telemarketing Sales Rule, and the Electronic Funds Transfer Act by debiting consumers’ accounts on a recurring basis without their prior written authorization
Additional Information:
Oct. 23 court hearing to extend the temporary injunction
Date of Decision:
Company:
Health Formulas, LLC, dba Simple Pure Nutrition
Product: Green coffee bean extract weight-loss supplements, male enhancement products, and skin care products
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
  • Skin Care
  • Sexual Enhancement
Last Action:
$105 million judgment (partially suspended) / Banned from marketing or selling any good or service with a Negative Option feature / Banned from marketing or selling any dietary supplements / Must clearly and conspicuously disclose all material terms and conditions of any refund or cancellation policy / Prohibited from deceptive and abusive telemarketing practices
Additional Information: