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:
Health Research Laboratories, LLC
Product: BioTherapex and NeuroPlus
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
  • Cognitive Health
  • Memory
  • Joint Health
Last Action:
$3.7 million judgment (partially suspended) / Banned from making substantial weight-loss claims / Prohibited from making other weight-loss claims, joint-related disease claims, and Alzheimer's disease, memory, and cognitive performance 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 must include RCTs if required by experts in the field / Prohibited from misrepresenting any tests or studies / Prohibited from misrepresenting endorsements and sales and billing information/ Additional requirements for clear and conspicuous disclosures regarding advertising and purchase conditions / Must obtain express informed consent for negative option feature
Additional Information:
Preservation of records required, except for reliably reported tests / Joint action with Maine AG
Date of Decision:
Company:
HealthyLife Sciences, LLC
Product: Healthe Trim
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
Banned from the weight-loss industry / Prohibited from manufacturing or marketing weight-loss products / Banned from making any of the seven weight-loss claims that the FTC has publicly advised are scientifically infeasible, with respect to any supplement, over-the-counter drug, or any product rubbed into or worn on the skin / Requires two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled human clinical trials to support other claims relating to weight loss, increased metabolism, or appetite suppression
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
Herbs for Cancer
Product: Chinese herbal teas
Product Category:
  • Cancer
Last Action:
Final order prohibits false and deceptive claims that the products treat or cure cancer or have other health benefits
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
Herbs for Cancer
Product: Chinese herbal teas
Product Category:
  • Cancer
Last Action:
Final order prohibits false and deceptive claims that the products treat or cure cancer or have other health benefits
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
Hi-Health Supermart Corporation
Product: Premier Formula for Ocular Nutrition-Optim3
Product Category:
  • Eye Health
Last Action:
$450,000 judgment / Prohibits claims about eye health and or the health benefits, performance, efficacy, or safety of a product without competent and reliable scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting tests or studies
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
IMM Interactive, Inc. / Intermark Media
Product: Acai Berry Products
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$1.3 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
Additional Information:
Compliance reporting and monitoring required
Date of Decision:
Company:
Improvita Health Products, Inc.
Product: Germ Defense
Product Category:
  • Immunity
Last Action:
$565,000 judgment against former company officers / Prohibited from making claims without scientific evidence
Additional Information:
Compliance reporting and monitoring required
Date of Decision:
Company:
Iovate Health Sciences U.S.A.
Product: Accelis / nanoSLIM / Cold MD / Germ MD / Allergy MD
Product Category:
  • Immunity
Last Action:
$5.5 million judgment for consumer redress / Prohibited from making deceptive health claims
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
James Clark
Product: Metabolic Therapy Products
Product Category:
  • Cancer
Last Action:
$353,700 judgment / Prohibited from making cancer cure claims or efficacy claims without scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting scientific evidence
Additional Information:
Judgment reduced to $25,000 due to inability to pay / Company must notify consumers about FTC action / Company received warning letter from FDA
Date of Decision:
Company:
Jason Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Product: Medifast
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$3.7 million civil penalty / Prohibited from misrepresenting results from product endorsers / Representations must be non-misleading and backed by competent and reliable scientific evidence that consists of at least one adequate and well-controlled human clinical study or a study that follows a protocol detailed in the settlement order / Prohibited from making any other representations about the health benefits, safety, or side effects of any low-calorie meal replacement program unless non-misleading and backed by competent and reliable scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting that any doctor, health professional, or endorser recommends a weight-loss product, program, service, drug, or dietary supplement
Additional Information: