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:
NPB Advertising, Inc., et al.
Product: Pure Green Coffee
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$30 million judgment / Prohibited from making weight loss or fat loss claims unless supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence consisting of human clinical studies that are randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled and that are conducted by qualified persons / Preservation of records required / Prohibited from misrepresenting any website, endorsements, tests or studies / Required to monitor affiliate marketer or network compliance
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
Nu-Gen Nutrition, Inc. / Vitasalus, Inc.
Product: Cantron / Apricot Kernels
Product Category:
  • Cancer
Last Action:
$830,000 judgment / Prohibited making cancer cure claims without scientific evidence / Prohibited from making efficacy claims without scientific evidence / Prohibits from misrepresenting scientific evidence
Additional Information:
Judgment reduced to $246,000 / Company must notify consumers FTC action / Company received warning letter from FDA
Date of Decision:
Company:
Nutraceuticals International LLC / Stella Labs
Product: Not given
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$22.5 million judgment / Prohibited from making false and misleading claims / Prohibited from marketing supplements / Prohibited from misrepresenting scientific study results
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
NutriMost LLC
Product: Personalized supplements and weight-loss program
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$32 million judgment (partially suspended) / Prohibited from making claims that a product or program causes substantial or permanent weight-loss or fat loss, or cures, mitigates, or treats any disease unless substantiated by competent and reliable scientific evidence that is sufficient in quality and quantity based on standards 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 researchers qualified to conduct such testing / Must disclose whether a program requires a restricted diet and physician monitoring / Prohibited from using deceptive endorsements and must disclose material connections / Prohibited from using non-disparagement clauses in contracts / Other weight-loss or 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:
Omega Supply
Product: Amigdalina B-17 / Hydrazine Sulphate / Cloracesium
Product Category:
  • Cancer
Last Action:
Motion granted to dismiss without prejudice / Unable to serve the complaint
Additional Information:
Date of Decision:
Company:
POM Wonderful LLC and Roll Global LLC
Product: POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice / POMx supplements
Product Category:
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Erectile Dysfunction
Last Action:
Prohibited claims that the product is effective in diagnosis of any disease unless supported by two clinical trials / Prohibited misrepresentation of tests and studies / Required scientific evidence to support health benefit claims
Additional Information:
Company appealed FTC order; currently before D.C. Circuit Court (2014)
Date of Decision:
Company:
Premium Essiac Tea 4less
Product: Essiac Tea
Product Category:
  • Cancer
Last Action:
Prohibited cancer or efficacy claims without scientific evidence / Prohibited from misrepresenting scientific evidence
Additional Information:
Company must notify consumers of FTC action
Date of Decision:
Company:
Quincy Bioscience Holding Company
Product: Prevagen
Product Category:
  • Cognitive Health
  • Memory
Last Action:
Complaint to obtain permanent injunctive relief / Charged with making false and unsubstantiated memory and cognitive improvement claims
Additional Information:
Joint action with New York AG
Date of Decision:
Company:
Quincy Bioscience Holding Company
Product: Prevagen
Product Category:
  • Cognitive Health
  • Memory
Last Action:
Complaint to obtain permanent injunctive relief / Charged with making false and unsubstantiated memory and cognitive improvement claims.
Additional Information:
Joint action with New York AG.
Date of Decision:
Company:
Ricardo Jose Labra
Product: Acai Berry Products
Product Category:
  • Weight-Loss
Last Action:
$2.5 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:
$2.5 million judgment suspended upon payment of $280,000 and recording of home lien / Compliance reporting and monitoring required