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Recalls & Warnings

April 25, 2024

Yogi Tea Recalled Due to Pesticides

On April 19, 2024, Yogi Tea issued a recall of over 54,800 packs of Yogi Echinacea Immune Support tea after a sample of echinacea tested above acceptable limits for multiple pesticides. No illnesses have been reported to date.

CL Answer

What is monolaurin? Can it really prevent colds, cold sores, or other infections?

Lauricidin (monolaurin) information for preventing colds, immune system function, and safety.

Lauricidin (monolaurin) for Colds -- jar of Lauricidin

Product Review

NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) Supplements Review

Choose the Best N-Acetyl Cysteine Supplement. See Our Tests of Popular NAC Supplements and Top Picks for Quality and Value.

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) supplements tested by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

Can a probiotic help men with prostatitis?

Learn more about prostatitis, the effects of probiotics on prostatitis, and other natural treatments.

Clinical Update

10/20/2023

Osha Root for Immune Support?

Osha root is promoted to reduce congestion and coughs, boost the immune system, and more. But does it work, and is it safe? Find out in our article about the potential benefits and side effects of osha root.

Product Review

Fruits, Veggies, and Other Greens Supplements Review (Including Spirulina and Chlorella)

Avoid Lead in Greens, Problems with Pills, and Don't Give Up Eating Whole Foods.

Greens Review Oct 2023

CL Answer

Do reishi mushroom supplements boost the immune system, or have other health benefits?

Learn more about the health benefits of reishi mushroom extract supplements, including evidence from clinical studies on cancer and diabetes, plus information about safety and price.

Reishi Mushroom Supplements for the Immune System -- reishi mushroom, mushroom powder and pills in spoons on a table

CL Answer

What is the ingredient zeolite I see in Natural Cellular Defense and other detox supplements? Does it help in any way?

Learn what zeolite is and why it is found in many detox supplements like Waiora's Natural Cellular Defense, Get Healthy Again Zeolite, and Ultra Liquid Zeolite.

Natural Cellular Defense

CL Answer

Is L-arginine helpful or harmful for people with cancer?

Find out if L-arginine supplements are helpful or safe for people with cancer.

Cancer and L-Arginine -- arginine powder and capsules

CL Answer

Do any supplements help prevent or treat a cold?

Are there supplements that can help prevent or treat cold symptoms? Learn more about zinc, probiotics, vitamin C and more.

Supplements for Colds: Zinc, Echinacea & More -- Couple with cold, sitting on couch blowing their noses

CL Answer

Does cat’s claw have any health benefits and is it safe?

Cat's claw is promoted for numerous conditions, including arthritis (including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), Alzheimer's disease, viral infections, boosting immune response to vaccination, and reducing side effects of chemotherapy. Find out if it works and if it's safe.

Cats claw extract capsules in a bowl on a table

Recalls & Warnings

August 08, 2022

Seller of CBD Warned for COVID-19 Claims

On August 4, 2022, the FDA sent a warning letter to FluxxLab LLC following a review of the company’s website and social media which found statements about the company’s Covid-19 Immune Support Tincture and CBDA+CBD Oil Tincture products to be drug claims because they ...

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of nutritional yeast and is it safe?

Learn about the nutritional content and health benefits of nutritional yeast (nooch), evidence for or against nutritional yeast for boosting the immune system, lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, plus safety and side effects of nutritional yeast.

Nutritional Yeast

CL Answer

Bee pollen: Purported health benefits and possible side effects

Bee pollen is promoted for numerous health conditions, including supporting immune health and boosting energy. Find out if it works and if it's safe.

A wooden spoon holding bee pollen granules over a table

CL Answer

Can any vitamins or minerals help prevent or reduce canker sores or cold sores?

Find out which, if any, supplements, including iron, L-lysine, monolaurin, olive leaf extract, vitamin B-12, and zinc, may be beneficial for canker sores or cold sores.

Lip of woman with a cold sore

CL Answer

Do any supplements help for flu?

Which supplements may help prevent or reduce symptoms of colds or the flu, including vitamin D, ginseng, NAC, and elderberry.

Supplements for Flu -- women with the flu sitting on couch with tissues, thermometer, warm drink

CL Answer

Does osha root have health benefits and is it safe?

Osha root extracts are commonly promoted for congestion, coughs, throat irritation, and other uses. Find out if research supports these uses, and learn if osha root is safe.

Dried osha root and vial containing osha root extract

CL Answer

What are the health effects of turkey tail mushroom and is it safe?

Learn about the possible health effects of turkey tail mushroom, including its use as adjuvant treatment for cancer and for boosting immune function, plus get information about possible side effects and find out why ConsumerLab has not yet tested turkey tail products.

Turkey tail mushrooms growing on the side of a tree

CL Answer

Have you heard of the probiotic, Keybiotics? Does it do what it claims, and is it worth the money they charge?

Whole Body Research Keybiotics probiotic information, including its ingredients and possible cheaper alternatives.

Probiotics

CL Answer

What is lactoferrin and will it really strengthen my immune system?

Info about lactoferrin supplements, clinical evidence for strengthening the immune system, preventing or treating colds, gut health and treating H.

What is Lactoferrin? -- lactoferrin capsules and bottle

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of bovine colostrum and is it safe?

Bovine colostrum is promoted for boosting immunity, preventing and treating diarrhea, and improving gut health, but does it really work? See the clinical evidence for bovine colostrum, including doses that have been used, as well as safety concerns, cost considerations, and the difference between regular bovine colostrum and hyperimmune bovine colostrum.

Bovine colostrum powder and capsule supplements

CL Answer

Does Restore (Biomic Sciences LLC) really improve gut health? What is in Restore?

Learn more about Restore, including clinical studies on gut health, dosage, cost, and safety.

Product Review

Vitamin C Supplements Review

Find the Best Vitamin C Supplements

Vitamin C Review 2023

Product Review

Reishi Mushroom Supplements Review

Find the Best Reishi Mushroom Supplement. See How Reishi Supplements Differ.

Reishi Mushrooms tested by ConsumerLab.com

CL Answer

What is EpiCor? Does it really "boost" the immune system and prevent colds?

EpiCor supplement info, including evidence from clinical studies on immune function and cold/flu prevention, safety, and price.

Woman with Cold Holding Pill Bottle

Recalls & Warnings

August 11, 2022

Problems With Supplements on Amazon

More than 50% of 30 top-listed immune support supplements purchased on Amazon.com in May of last year were found to list ingredients that could not be found in them with testing, according to a recent report (Crawford, JAMA Network Open, 2022).

CL Answer

Adrenal Fatigue and Adrenal Support Supplements: Do they work and are they safe?

Find out what's really in supplements for adrenal support and adrenal fatigue, including herbal adrenal support supplements and bovine derived adrenal support supplements. Find out if they really work and if they are safe. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Adrenal Fatigue and Adrenal Support Supplements -- Tired Woman Falling Asleep at Her Desk

CL Answer

Do any supplements help with COVID-19? Do supplements like vitamin D, zinc, vitamin C, or herbals work?

Find out if natural remedies & supplements for coronavirus such as zinc, vitamin C, garlic, or elderberry help to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Supplements for Coronavirus (COVID-19)? -- mask and pills

CL Answer

Does Z-Stack multivitamin work to boost the immune system, and is it safe?

Find out about Z-Stack, including if it can help boost the immune system and if it is safe to use at the suggested dose.

A bottle of Z-Stack capsules

CL Answer

What is magnesium stearate, what is it made from, and is it dangerous?

Learn more about magnesium stearate and its safety, based on evidence from clinical studies.

Is magnesium stearate safe? -- woman looking at ingredients on supplement label

Recalls & Warnings

August 26, 2014

Maker of Herbal Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On August 8, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to EnerHealth Botanicals, LLC following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Parasite Purge Herbal Remedy, Black Walnut Extract, Bladder Cleanse Herbal Extract, Lung Renewal Herbal Remedy, EchinOsha and Daily Immune ...

Recalls & Warnings

June 16, 2019

"Immune Support" Throat Sprays Recalled

On June 13 2019, APS BioGroup, Inc. issued a recall of four "immune support" throat sprays because they have the potential to be contaminated with Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, a bacteria that can cause respiratory infection, particularly in individuals with weakened immune systems.

CL Answer

Do glutathione supplements work to prevent aging or for other conditions?

Do glutathione supplements help with aging or other conditions such as cancer and diabetes?

Spoon filled with glutathione supplement capsules and held over a white plate

CL Answer

What are the health benefits of luteolin, and is it safe?

Find out if luteolin, a compound found in many fruits and vegetables, is beneficial for cancer, heart health, skin aging, age-related cognitive decline, and other conditions, and learn if it's safe.

Luteolin containing vegetables including celery peppers lettuce and spinach

CL Answer

Do sea moss and carrageenan have health benefits? Are there risks?

Sea moss is promoted for thyroid health, boosting immunity, improving gut health, and other uses. Find out if it works and learn about possible side effects of sea moss and its constituent, carrageenan.

Sea moss in a clear bowl next to a wooden spoon on the countertop

Clinical Update

8/02/2015

Prebiotics for Immune Health

Prebiotics are complex sugars which can support the growth of probiotic organisms in the gut. A recent study reported a specific type of prebiotic increased amounts of beneficial bacteria and improved certain markers of immune function in older men and women. Get the details, including dosage, plus our tests of popular probiotics and prebiotics in the Probiotic Supplements Review >>

CL Answer

Titanium dioxide is listed as an ingredient in my supplement. Is it safe?

Titanium dioxide in supplements might have you concerned. Learn more about titanium dioxide - FDA status and evidence from studies on cancer.

Titanium Doxide Safety -- close up of broken white pills

CL Answer

Is Esberitox effective for treating a cold?

Esberitox is promoted to boos the immune system, but can it really shorten the effects of the common cold?

Esberitox Packaged

CL Answer

What is pterostilbene? Can it really improve cardiovascular and cognitive health?

Learn more about pterostilbene supplements health benefits and if they can really improve cardiovascular and cognitive health.

News Release

March 30, 2023

ConsumerLab Tests Show Not All Quercetin and Rutin Supplements Contain What They Claim

  White Plains, New York, March 30, 2023 — Quercetin is a plant compound found in its natural form, rutin, in foods such as capers, onions, and kale.

CL Answer

Is it true that low-carb or Mediterranean diets help for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

Find out if a low-carb diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, or lifestyle changes help with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Low-carb & Mediterranean Diets for GERD? -- Table with Mediterranean foods such as fish, olive oil, walnuts, vegetables

CL Answer

What is Omega XL and does it work?

What is Omega XL (distributed by Great Health Works) and does it work? Described as a "highly concentrated Omega-3 'Super Oil' supplement".

Omega XL - Great Health Works

CL Answer

What is graviola? Can it really help fight cancer?

Learn more about graviola, if it can really help fight cancer, and its safety.

Graviola on white background

CL Answer

Can taking too much fish oil be dangerous?

Find out if too much fish oil can be dangerous, and if taking too much fish oil can cause effects such as suppressing the immune system, thinning the blood (increasing the risk of bleeding), increasing levels of LDL cholesterol and liver enzymes or increasing the frequency in episodes atrial fibrillation. ConsumerLab.com's answer explains.

Taking Too Much Fish Oil -- bottle of fish oil and fish oil capsules

CL Answer

Does Provitalize work for weight loss and is it safe?

Find out if taking Provitalize, a probiotic supplement that also contains turmeric extract, moringa leaf extract, curry leaf extract and piperine (BioPerine), is safe and beneficial for weight management.

A bottle of Provitalize

CL Answer

Do detox supplements work and are they safe?

Detox supplements are promoted for removing toxins such as heavy metals from the body, but does research support their use and are such supplements safe?

Woman holding detox supplements in the palm of her hand over various fruits and vegetables on a table

Clinical Update

3/19/2024

Probiotic for COVID?

Did a probiotic promoted to support immune defenses against COVID-19 help prevent or treat COVID-19? Find out in our Probiotics Supplements Review, which includes our Top Picks among probiotics.

Also see: Do any supplements help with COVID-19? Do supplements like vitamin D, zinc, vitamin C, or herbals work?

CL Answer

Can zuPOO and its primary ingredient, cascara sagrada, cleanse the gut, improve digestion and help with weight management?

zuPOO is marketed for gut support and as a colon cleanser for weight management. Find out if research supports these claims and if ingredients in zuPOO are safe.

zuPOO supplement bottle with white background

CL Answer

Does AZO Bladder Control really work for overactive bladder?

AZO Bladder Control information, including results from clinical studies on bladder control, dosage, and safety.

CL Answer

Is it dangerous to use certain herbals, vitamins, or other dietary supplements when breastfeeding?

Find out which supplements should be avoided when breastfeeding, including medicinal herbs, soy, and flaxseed.

Herbs and Supplements to Avoid When Breastfeeding

Recalls & Warnings

February 16, 2021

Seller of BioCBD+ Products Warned for COVID-19 and Drug Claims

On February 11, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Evolved Ayurvedic Discoveries, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

March 02, 2021

FDA Warns Seller of Vitamin C, Silver Spray

On March 1, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Ageless Global, LLC following a review of the company's websites for selling Immunoral, Immune Plus, MD Immune Support Spray, and MD CVK-365 Mouth Spray with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

News Release

October 06, 2022

Lion’s Mane and Chaga Supplement Labels May Mislead, According to ConsumerLab Tests

  White Plains, New York, October 6, 2022 — Lion’s mane and chaga supplements are often promoted to improve memory and mood, boost the immune system, and a range of other health benefits.

Recalls & Warnings

May 08, 2024

APG SEVEN Warned for Promoting Products for Cancer, Depression, Arthritis, & More

On April 18, 2024, the FDA issued a Warning Letter to APG SEVEN, INC following a review of the company’s product labels, website, and social media, which found statements about the company’s BioMoringa, BioDiabetin, Maca Plus, BioProstate, Immune Support, HongoTrap, Honbacterol, ...

Recalls & Warnings

June 05, 2018

FDA Warns Seller of Colloidal Silver

On May 17, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Silver Armor, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

December 23, 2017

Seller of Meal Replacement, Protein Drinks, Cranberry and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On July 6, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Professional Botanicals, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

December 31, 2020

FDA Warns Seller of Liposomal Vitamin C, Vitamin D & More

On December 21, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Sparrow Health & Performance LLC for selling the products Organic Liposomal Vitamin C, Nanoemulsified D3K2 (also called Liquid Liposomal Vitamin D3 with K2 or Liposomal Vitamin D3) and Immune Support ...

Recalls & Warnings

April 11, 2020

FDA Warns Sellers of CBD, Colloidal Silver & Natural Remedies Promoted to Treat Coronavirus

Between April 7 and April 9, 2020, the FDA issued warning letters to five companies for selling products such as CBD, colloidal silver, and natural treatments with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

April 11, 2020

FDA Warns Seller of Products Promoted to Treat Coronavirus in Pets and Humans

On April 7, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Savvy Holistic Health dba Holistic Healthy Pet for selling products intended for pets and humans with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

March 09, 2020

FDA Warns Sellers of Essential Oils, Colloidal Silver & Teas Promoted to Treat Coronavirus

On March 9, 2020, the FDA and FTC announced they have issued joint warning letters to seven companies for selling products such as essential oils, teas and colloidal silver with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Clinical Update

1/14/2022

Withholding Immunosuppressive Drugs Boosts Immune Response to Vaccine

Temporarily withholding an immunosuppressive drug before and after an mRNA vaccine can boost immune response, according to a recent study.

Recalls & Warnings

June 04, 2020

FTC Warns 35 More Companies for Coronavirus Claims

On June 4, 2020, the FTC announced that it sent warning letters to 35 companies for selling products such as herbal products, immune system boosters, and vitamin C with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Clinical Update

8/10/2021

COVID Risk & Immune Disease

Are people with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, and other immune diseases at higher risk of severe re-infections? See the latest findings.

Clinical Update

3/22/2022

Vitamin D & COVID

Does vitamin D boost immune response to COVID-19 vaccines? Find out.

Clinical Update

2/15/2022

Boosting Vaccine Response

Exercising around the time of a COVID vaccine may help boost immune response, according to a recent study.

Clinical Update

11/02/2021

Low-Dose Prednisone and COVID Vaccines

Find out if taking low-dose prednisone reduces immune response to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Clinical Update

8/28/2021

Are COVID Booster Doses Different?

Are third dose vaccines (for immune-compromised individuals) different from the first two doses?

Clinical Update

8/28/2021

J&J Booster Vaccine

Data suggests that a booster dose of the J&J vaccine can significantly boost immune protection against COVID-19. Get the details.

Clinical Update

8/14/2021

How to Get a Third Vaccine Dose

A 3rd dose of the mRNA vaccines was authorized for immune suppressed individuals. Find out who can get it and how.

Clinical Update

8/17/2021

Extra Vaccine Dose

You can get an extra vaccine dose if you are immunocompromised or take medication that suppresses your immune system. Get the details.

Clinical Update

9/17/2020

Does Ginseng Prevent Colds?

Ginseng may increase levels of certain immune cells in the body, but does this result in fewer colds? See what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of the Ginseng Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

11/04/2020

Symptoms of Zinc Deficiency

Zinc deficiency can cause a wide range of problems involving the skin, hair, mouth, and immune system. A recent report showed that it can also cause an eczema-like rash. Get the details and learn about the symptoms of zinc deficiency in the What It Is section of our Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Review. Also see our Top Picks for zinc supplements and lozenges.

Clinical Update

6/12/2021

Vitamin D for Asthma?

Can vitamin D supplementation reduce immune reactions to common asthma triggers, such as dust mites? Find out what a recent analysis showed in the What It Does section of our Vitamin D Supplements Review.

Clinical Update

4/14/2020

Zinc Concern

Zinc is a popular supplement right now due to COVID-19, but be aware that taking large doses of zinc for a long period of time can suppress the immune system by causing or exacerbating copper deficiency. Certain people may be more at risk for this. Get the details in the Cautions and Concerns section of the Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Review.

Clinical Update

8/04/2013

5-HTP Concern

Three cases of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS) have been reported among people taking 5-HTP, a compound related to L-tryptophan. EMS is a debilitating immune condition which has occurred in people taking L-tryptophan, but there were no previous reports of it being caused by 5-HTP. Get the details in the the updated review article on L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP >>

Clinical Update

8/02/2015

Vitamin D and Inflammation

A new study of elderly people given vitamin D showed little effect on markers of inflammation in the body. Correcting very low levels of vitamin D may be helpful, but further raising vitamin levels does not seem necessary for proper immune function. In fact, there may be some downside. For details about this and other uses for vitamin D (and our product test results), see the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

4/17/2016

Vitamin D and Allergy

Vitamin D is known to modulate the immune system. Having sufficient levels is associated with reduced risk of allergy and asthma. A recent study showed that giving vitamin D to pregnant women and their infants resulted in fewer infants being allergic to house dust mites and needing to see a doctor for asthma. For details, see "Allergy," as well as "Asthma," in the What It Does section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Clinical Update

9/19/2023

Cat's Claw

Does cat's claw reduce symptoms of arthritis, help with Alzheimer's disease, boost the immune system, or have other benefits? Find out in our new article about the health benefits and safety of cat's claw.

Clinical Update

8/29/2023

Colostrum for Colds?

Bovine colostrum is promoted to “boost the immune system,” but did it reduce upper respiratory symptoms when taken during fall and winter? See what a new study showed in our article about the health benefits of bovine colostrum.

Also see: Do any supplements help prevent or treat a cold?

Clinical Update

4/25/2023

Vitamin C for Colds?

Does vitamin C shorten the duration of colds? Get the details, and learn about one study that was recently retracted. See the Colds and immune system health section of our Vitamin C Supplements Review.

Also see our Top Picks among vitamin C supplements.

Clinical Update

6/23/2023

Prebiotic For Immune Health?

Can taking a prebiotic reduce upper respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms during colder months? Find out what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of our Prebiotic Supplements Review.

Also see our Top Picks for prebiotics.

Recalls & Warnings

February 21, 2013

FDA and FTC Warn: Supplements Cannot Prevent, Treat Or Cure Cold And Flu

On February 11, 2013, the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly issued warning letters to three dietary supplement companies regarding their potential illegal marketing of products to prevent, treat or cure flu virus.

Recalls & Warnings

January 02, 2012

Manufacturing Violations for Multivitamin, Vitamin K and Other Supplements

On December 19, 2011, the U.S. FDA sent a Warning Letter to Milk Specialties Global regarding manufacturing violations. Affected products include PrimaForce Proliver Capsules, Dr. Mercola Vitamin K2, Active Women’s Multivitamin/Multimineral, Cremagnavol, Immune Support, and HPF Women’s Multi.

Recalls & Warnings

May 18, 2023

EarthLab, Inc. Warned for Promoting Green Tea, Curcumin, Elderberry & More to Treat Stroke, Cancer & Flu

On April 27, 2023, the FDA issued a warning letter to EarthLab, Inc., dba Wise Woman Herbals, following inspection of the company’s website which found statements about the company’s Green Tea Solid Extract, Curcuma Spp.

Clinical Update

10/19/2021

Mixing Boosters for J&J Recipients?

Find out why some experts support mixing boosters for J&J vaccine recipients. Also see new research indicating that an mRNA vaccine may be the best booster for those already given a J&J-type vaccine.

Clinical Update

6/29/2019

Popular Probiotic -- What's In a Name?

Does the popular probiotic VSL#3 contain a different formula than used in the clinical studies supporting its benefits? Find out in the What to Consider When Buying section of the Probiotics Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for probiotic supplements.

Clinical Update

6/20/2018

Intestinal Benefit of Cocoa?

Cocoa flavanols may support intestinal health, according to an animal study with a cocoa powder that acted like a prebiotic. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Review. (Also see our Top Picks among cocoa and dark chocolate products.)

Clinical Update

5/09/2023

Prostadine for Prostate & Urinary Health?

Prostadine is a supplement that claims to support prostate health and bladder control, but does it really work? Find out in our Prostate Supplements Review, which includes our Top Pick among prostate supplements.

Also see our article about  supplements to reduce nighttime urination.

Clinical Update

2/17/2023

TUDCA for Fatty Liver?

TUDCA supplements are commonly promoted for treating liver disorders, but is there evidence supporting the use of TUDCA for fatty liver disease? Find out in our updated CL Answer about supplements for fatty liver.

Also, see our CL Answer about TUDCA for details about its other uses, potential safety concerns, and cost.

Clinical Update

2/28/2023

TUDCA for Acid Reflux?

A CL Member with acid reflux reported symptom relief with TUDCA (tauroursodeoxycholic acid) supplementation, but does clinical evidence support this use? Find out in our updated CL Answer about TUDCA.

Also, see our CL Answer about supplements that may improve or worsen acid reflux.

Clinical Update

1/13/2023

Lifestyle Changes for Tinnitus?

Find out if research supports the following lifestyle changes for reducing symptoms of tinnitus:

Clinical Update

9/12/2023

Sea Moss

Sea moss, sometimes called Irish moss, is promoted for improving thyroid health, boosting immunity, and improving gut health, but are these uses supported by clinical evidence? Find out in our article about sea moss and its constituent carrageenan.

Clinical Update

7/18/2023

Aspartame & Cancer

A group of experts recently classified aspartame as "possibly carcinogenic." Learn what evidence was used to support this classification, and find out if all experts agree with it, in the Aspartame section of our article about sugar substitutes.

Clinical Update

6/06/2023

Berberine's New Popularity

Berberine is being called "nature’s Ozempic" – referring to the type 2 diabetes drug also used for weight management. But is there evidence to support this? See our Berberine Review to find out what it can do, if it's safe, how products rate on quality, and our top choices.

Clinical Update

1/12/2024

Pricey Toothpaste for Gum Health?

Tartar Control Fluoride Toothpaste by Smileactives is promoted as “supporting healthy gums” but is it worth $36 per tube? Find out in the Preventing bleeding gums section of our article about toothpastes and other dental products, which includes our Top Picks among products for bleeding gums, preventing cavities, desensitization, dry mouth, and bad breath.

Clinical Update

4/09/2024

Vegamour for Hair?

Vegamour GRO Hair Serum is marketed for making hair thicker and fuller but is there any clinical evidence to support this claim? Find out in our article about supplements for hair.

Clinical Update

12/06/2022

Hair Supplement Benefits?

Does research support the use of hair supplements such as Forti5, Lambdapil, or Nourkrin for treating thinning of hair? Find out in our updated CL Answer about supplements, topicals and medications for hair.

Clinical Update

10/07/2022

Biotin for Skin Health?

Biotin has been promoted for reducing wrinkles, but does clinical research support this? Find out in the Biotin (B-7) section of our B Vitamin Supplements Review, which also discusses the evidence for biotin for treating brittle nails and hair loss.

Also, see our CL Answer about supplements for reducing wrinkles and tightening the skin.

Clinical Update

8/23/2022

Can-C Eye Drops for Dry Eye?

A product called Can-C Eye Drops has been promoted for improving dry eye as well as reducing the risk of cataracts. Does the evidence support this? Find in our updated CL Answer about supplements for dry eye.

Clinical Update

9/30/2022

Does MSM Help Hair and Nails?

Find out if research supports MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) for improving nails or hair in the MSM section of our Joint Health Supplements Review.

Also see our article about biotin and other supplements for hair and nails.

Clinical Update

6/17/2022

L-carnosine for Cardio Fitness?

Does research support L-carnosine supplementation for improving cardio fitness? Find out what a study showed among people with heart failure in our updated CL Answer about L-carnosine.

Recalls & Warnings

December 15, 2020

Mushroom Supplement Seller Warned for Drug Claims

On December 4, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Desert Alchemist LLC following a review of the company's website, social media, and Etsy.com store (www.etsy.

Recalls & Warnings

January 15, 2024

Suprex Carb & Sugar Block Recalled

On December 7, 2023, Vita 360, LLC issued a recall of one lot of SUPREX Plant Based Nutrition Carb & Sugar Block after FDA analysis found it to contain only 16 mcg of chromium per serving and not 100 mcg of chromium per serving, as listed on the label.

Recalls & Warnings

June 13, 2024

Thyroid Supplement Recalled Due to Salmonella

On June 11, 2024, Penn Herb Company Ltd issued a recall of 51 bottles of Nature’s Wonderland Thyroid Formula capsules after FDA testing revealed the products to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalls & Warnings

December 15, 2022

Beware of Supplements, Homeopathic Products Promoted to Treat Flu, Says FDA

On December 13, 2022, the FDA warned consumers to beware of supplements and homeopathic products, as well as nasal sprays, sanitizers and other products that promise to prevent or treat the flu.

Recalls & Warnings

November 14, 2012

Mushroom Supplement Manufacturer Warned For Drug Claims and Adulteration

On October 18, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Mushroom Wisdom, Inc. following a facility inspection and product label review which found the dietary supplements Amyloban 3399 From Lion's Mane, Grifron Maitake, and Super Shiitake to be promoted as drugs.

Recalls & Warnings

July 17, 2020

Sellers of Immune Boosters, Vitamin C Warned for Coronavirus Claims

The FDA recently issued warning letters to two companies for selling products such as immune boosters, vitamin C, and zinc with unsupported claims that they can treat COVID-19 (use the links below to read the full warning letter):

Recalls & Warnings

August 27, 2013

Immune Supplement Recalled Due To Undeclared Milk

On August 23, 2013, Reaction Nutrition, LLC issued a voluntary recall of immune support supplement LIVE CLINICAL 90 CAPS because it contains undeclared milk.

Recalls & Warnings

April 03, 2020

FDA Warns Pure Plant Essentials for Essential Oil Coronavirus Claims

On April 1, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Health Mastery Systems DBA Pure Plant Essentials for selling products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

December 11, 2020

FDA Warns iThrive.health for Promoting Supplements as COVID-19 Treatments

On December 10, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to iThrive.health for promoting the sale of various vitamins and supplements on Amazon.com with claims that they can mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19.

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September 08, 2020

Seller of "Diabetes Supplement" & More Warned for Drug Claims

On August 25, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Nutritional Supplements Corporation Inc following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about some of the company's products, including Vitadone, Diabrex, and Viadevita to be drug claims.

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April 03, 2024

FDA Warns Ambaya Gold for Promoting Products for Depression, Cancer, & Arthritis

On December 5, 2023, the FDA issued a Warning Letter to Ambaya Gold Health Products, LLC following review of the company’s website and social media, which found statements about the company’s Brain Balance, Immune System Boost, Dentist In A Bottle, Essensiac, Fulvic Green, Silver ...

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May 30, 2015

Seller of Supplements for Herpes, Prostate Cancer & More Warned for Drug Claims

On May 7, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Strictly Health Corporation, following a review of the company's websites which found statements made about FENVIR, Prosta Pep and Tonalin brand CLA to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

November 06, 2023

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Dr. Ergin’s SugarMD Advanced Glucose Support, Found to Contain Prescription Drugs

On November 3, 2023, the FDA warned consumers not to purchase or use Dr. Ergin’s SugarMD Advanced Glucose Support products after FDA laboratory analysis found the supplement to contain glyburide and metformin.

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May 08, 2021

Seller of Immune Bio Green Cell Warned by FDA

On March 30, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Immune & Genetics Protocols, LLC following a review of the company's websites, which found statements made about the company's product Immune Bio Green Cell to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

June 30, 2022

FDA Warns Seller of Vision and Allergy Supplements

On May 26, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Golden Lab LLC following an inspection of the website, which found statements about the company’s DoctoRx’s Optimal Formula Ocular Pressure & Optic Nerve Support Formula Ocular Health Capsule, DoctoRx’s Optimal Formula ...

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August 14, 2023

Liver Injury Linked to "Immune Booster" Supplement Sold on Amazon

A 27-year-old woman in Pennsylvania was admitted to intensive care for drug-induced liver injury after taking Prodigy Life HRP-AID, a supplement sold on Amazon and promoted as an "immune system booster" to reduce the intensity and frequency of cold sore outbreaks, according to a ...

News Release

June 06, 2020

Best Vitamin C Supplements Revealed by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, June 6, 2020 — Due to its role in maintaining immune system health, vitamin C has been promoted to help prevent and treat COVID-19, as well as other viral infections such as colds.

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April 14, 2020

ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Best Probiotic Supplements and Those With Quality Issues

White Plains, New York, April 14, 2020 — Probiotic supplements may be helpful for conditions including antibiotic-associated diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and respiratory infections.

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March 11, 2019

Best NAC (N-acetyl cysteine) Supplements Identified by ConsumerLab

White Plains, New York, March 11, 2019 — NAC (N-acetyl cysteine) supplements are promoted for many uses, including "liver support," "immune support," and reducing symptoms of the flu and flare-ups of chronic bronchitis.

Recalls & Warnings

July 03, 2012

Standard Process Recalls Three Supplements Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

On June 29, 2012, Standard Process issued a voluntary recall of the company's Cataplex ACP, Cataplex C and Pancreatrophin PMG, after a routine FDA inspection uncovered potential Salmonella contamination in an ingredient found in these three products.

Recalls & Warnings

June 05, 2020

Seller of Silver and Vitamin C Lozenges & More Warned for Coronavirus Claims

On June 1, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Dr.

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May 02, 2020

Seller of Botanical and CBD Oil Patches Warned for Coronavirus Claims

On April 27, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Santiste Labs LLC for promoting its transdermal patches containing botanical oils and/or CBD with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

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April 28, 2020

Ten Multi-Level Marketing Companies Warned for Coronavirus and Deceptive Earnings Claims

On April 24, 2020, the FTC announced that it sent warning letters to ten multi-level marketing companies for selling products such as essential oils and immune system boosters with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19) and/or for misrespresenting potential earnings people ...

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May 12, 2020

Plum Dragon Herbs Warned for Coronavirus Claims

On May 8, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Plum Dragon Herbs, Inc. for selling Chinese medicine products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

December 11, 2020

Seller of "Dr. Hotze's Immune Pak" Products Warned for COVID-19 Claims

Seller of "Dr. Hotze's Immune Pak" Products Warned for Coronavirus Claims 

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October 30, 2020

Seller of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Ashwagandha, and More Warned for COVID-19 Claims

On October 23, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Predator Nutrition for selling the products Elixir, Salidroside, Unbreakable, Vitamin C + Bioflavonoids & Rosehip, Vitamin D3, and Ashwagandha with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

October 30, 2020

Simple Silver Cannot Be Promoted to Prevent or Treat COVID-19

On October 23, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Peterson Research Laboratories LLC for selling the product Simple Silver with unsupported claims that it can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

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August 18, 2020

Seller of Immune Shot Criminally Charged With Making Coronavirus Claims

On August 10, 2020, prosecutors in Georgia charged Matthew Ryncarz and his company Fusion Health and Vitality, LLC d/b/a/ Pharm Origins with selling the misbranded product Immune Shot.

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June 23, 2020

Seller of CBD Tinctures and "Immune Boost Packs" Warned for Coronavirus Claims

On June 18, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Project 1600 Inc. for selling CBD products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

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November 03, 2022

Seller of CBD Warned for COVID-19 Claims

On November 1, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to Alternative Health Distribution LLC (d/b/a CannaAid) following a review of the company’s website, which found statements about the company’s cannabidiol (CBD) products to be drug claims.

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November 28, 2022

Seller of Joint Health, Collagen Protein and More Warned for Drug Claims

On November 14, 2022, the FDA issued a warning letter to The Truth Company, LLC (parent company of Kinobody, LLC and UMZU, LLC) following inspection of the company’s websites which found statements about its Betaine, Immune, Redwood, Sensolin, Thyrite, zuRelief, Kino Aminos, Kino Collagen ...

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April 02, 2021

FDA Warns Sellers of Prostate, Reishi, Immune Products, and More

On March 16, 2021, the FDA issued warning letters to two companies following reviews of their websites which found statements made about the companies' products to be drug claims.

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April 26, 2013

Seller of Immune, Cholesterol, Liver and Blood Sugar Products Warned For Drug Claims

On March 20, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Birkdale Medicinals LLC, following a review of the company's website which found statements made about Birkdale products, including Immune Response 247, Cholestat, Silymarin 81 and LevelStat, to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

May 02, 2020

Hopewell Essential Oils Warned for Coronavirus Claims

On April 27, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Hopewell Essential Oils for selling its essential oils with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

December 01, 2021

FDA Warns Seller of Saffron Supplements

On November 18th, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Saffron Health Sciences following a review of the company's website, social media, and Amazon product listings, which found statements made about the company's products Crocin Rich, Crocin Rich II, and Crocin Rich ...

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July 10, 2021

FDA Warns Seller of Omega XL

On June 31, 2021 the FDA issued a warning letter to Great Healthworks, Inc. following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about Omega XL and ProbioticXL supplements to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

June 22, 2021

Living Free Vitamins, Joint, Nerve and Other Supplements Recalled

On June 21, 2021, Bea Lydecker's Naturals, Inc. issued a recall of six Living Free brand supplements because the labels do not declare soy lecithin.

Recalls & Warnings

September 10, 2021

FDA Warns Ten Sellers of "Diabetes" Supplements

On September 7, 2021, the FDA issued warning letters to 10 supplement companies that made drug claims by promoting products to treat diabetes and/or lower blood sugar. Five of the products were sold on Amazon as well as on company websites. The products were promoted with statements such as

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February 24, 2017

Vitamin D Supplements Maintain Top Spot in Popularity, as Probiotics Surpass Multivitamins to #4 Behind Fish Oil and CoQ10 in Latest ConsumerLab.com Survey

White Plains, New York, February 24, 2017 — A recent survey of over 9,505 people who use dietary supplements shows the most popular dietary supplement to be vitamin D, followed by fish oil, CoQ10, probiotics, and multivitamins.

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March 07, 2008

ConsumerLab.com finds most vitamin C supplements pass quality tests but one short on ingredient and some exceed tolerable levels

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — MARCH 7, 2008 — ConsumerLab.com reported test results today for a wide variety of vitamin C supplements. Vitamin C is the top-selling single vitamin in the U.S., with sales of $863 million in 2006 according to Nutrition Business Journal.

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May 24, 2006

Problems persist with ginseng supplements — ConsumerLab.com finds nearly half of products lack ingredient or contaminated

WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK — May 24, 2006 — ConsumerLab.com has released test results for dietary supplements made with ginseng, a popular herb promoted for vitality and the treatment or prevention of a range of medical conditions.

Recalls & Warnings

December 31, 2020

FDA Warns Seller of Flu Immune

On December 21, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Riverstone LLC for selling the products Flu Immune Drops, L-Lysine, Lysine Extra, and Monolaurin with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

November 24, 2020

Recalled Vitamin D Contains Potentially Dangerous Ingredient

On November 22, 2020, Fusion Health and Vitality LLC recalled all 2020 lots of CORE Essential Nutrients and Immune Boost Sublingual Vitamin D3 because they are adulterated. CORE Essential Nutrients contains the unapproved food additive hordenine HCl.

Recalls & Warnings

January 21, 2021

Federal Court Bars Fusion Health From Promoting Vitamin D for COVID-19

On January 8, 2021, the United States Department of Justice announced a permanent injunction has been entered, barring dietary supplement marketer Matthew Ryncarz and his companies Fusion Health and Vitality LLC dba Pharm Origins and Fusion Ionz LLC dba Pharm Origins from making claims that their ...

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April 14, 2020

FTC Warns Companies Selling Immune "Boosters," Vitamin C and More for Coronavirus Claims

On April 14, 2020, the FTC announced that it has sent warning letters to ten companies for selling products such as immune boosters, silicone facial brushes, air purifiers, and intravenous vitamin C with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

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March 29, 2020

Seller of "Immune Tonic" Warned for Making Coronavirus Claims

On March 26, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Carahealth for selling products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

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August 15, 2020

FTC Warns 20 More Companies for Coronavirus Claims

On August 14, 2020, the FTC announced that it sent warning letters to 20 companies for selling products such as vitamin C, hydrochloroquine, omega 3, and melatonin with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

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August 29, 2017

FDA Warns Seller of Supplements for Allergies, Joint Pain, Bone Health, and More

On August 16, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Total Nutrition, Inc.

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May 09, 2020

FTC Warns 45 More Companies for Coronavirus Claims

On May 7, 2020, the FTC announced that it sent warning letters to 45 companies for selling products such as herbal products, immune system boosters, and vitamin C with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

January 20, 2021

FDA Warns Seller of Vitamin D, Curcumin and CoQ10 Promoted for Treating COVID-19

On December 28, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Smarter Nutrition, Inc. following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's products Smarter Curcumin, Smarter Ubiquinol, and Smarter Vitamin D3 to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

June 25, 2020

"Anti-Viral" Supplement Recalled for Unsupported Coronavirus Claims

On June 23, 2020, Golden Nutrition Inc. issued a recall of four lots of Anti-Viral Immune Enhancement Capsules because the label makes unsupported health claims to "help fight corona virus and influenza.

Recalls & Warnings

November 10, 2020

FDA Warns Seller of Digestive Enzymes, Nattokinase, and More

On October 27, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to World Nutrition, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

August 25, 2020

Seller of CBD and NAC Warned for Coronavirus Claims

On August 19, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Living Senior, LLC for selling CBD and NAC products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

October 05, 2012

Illegal Claims on Weight Loss, Immune System Dietary Supplements, and Few Backed by Clinical Data

On October 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a report warning that dozens of weight loss and immune system supplements have illegal claims of curing or treating disease on their labels and/or lack the scientific evidence to support such label claims.

Recalls & Warnings

May 26, 2020

Seller of Vitamin and CBD "NoronaPak" Warned for Coronavirus Claims

On May 21, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Apollo Holding LLC for promoting a kit containing vitamins and CBD with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

April 21, 2020

CanaBD Warned for CBD Coronavirus Claims

On April 16, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Nova Botanix LTD DBA CanaBD for selling products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

April 01, 2020

NeuroXPF CBD Warned for Making Coronavirus Claims

On March 31, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to NeuroXPF for selling products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

April 03, 2020

Gaia's Whole Healing Essentials Warned for Colloidal Silver Coronavirus Claims

On April 1, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Gaia's Whole Healing Essentials, LLC, for selling products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

January 12, 2021

Seller of Cholesterol, Weight Loss Products, and More Warned for Claims

On November 17, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Bonagens following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about the company's products Anti-Aging Supports, Cholesterol & Diabetes Control, Gout Control, Hypertension Control, Liver Supports, Lungs ...

Recalls & Warnings

June 09, 2020

Six More Multi-Level Marketing Companies Warned for Coronavirus and Deceptive Earnings Claims

On June 5, 2020, the FTC announced that it sent warning letters to six multi-level marketing companies for selling products such as immune system boosters and probiotics with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19) and/or for misrepresenting potential earnings people who have ...

Recalls & Warnings

April 17, 2020

Earth Angel Oils Warned for Coronavirus Claims

On April 14, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Earth Angel Oils for selling products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

May 28, 2020

FDA Warns Sellers of CBD, Colloidal Silver, Essential Oils, and More Promoted to Treat Coronavirus

On May 26, 2020, the FDA issued warning letters to four companies for selling products such as CBD, essential oils, colloidal silver, and vitamins with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

May 19, 2020

FDA Warns Sellers of CBD, Kratom, Vitamin C, and More for Coronavirus Claims

Between May 11 and May 14, 2020, the FDA issued warning letters to five companies for selling products such as vitamin C, immune boosters, kratom, and CBD with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

March 05, 2021

FTC Takes Further Action Against Deceptive CBD Claims

On March 5, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has approved final administrative consent orders against six companies for selling CBD products with unsupported and deceptive health claims that they can treat a variety of conditions, including cancer, heart disease, ...

Recalls & Warnings

April 20, 2021

Chiropractor Who Claimed Vitamin D and Zinc Work Better Than COVID Vaccines Charged by FTC

On April 15, 2021, the FTC charged St.

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June 05, 2020

Seller of CBD, Sleep Aids, and Cold & Flu Products Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On April 28, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to The Dragontree Apothecary LLC, which found the company's Sleep Support, Anxiety Relief, Cold & Flu Relief, and Inflammation Relief to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that ...

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April 02, 2021

Seller of Vision Supplements Warned by FDA

On March 19, 2021, the FDA issued a warning letter to Lipotriad LLC following a review of the company's websites, which found statements made about the company's products Lipotriad Visionary, Lipotriad Adult 50+, Lipotriad Dry Eye, and Lipotriad Vision Support Plus to ...

Recalls & Warnings

March 15, 2013

Maker of Liquid Supplements Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On January 31, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Liquid Health, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

January 10, 2018

Lithium Supplement Contaminated With E. Coli, Health Canada Warns

On December 1, 2018, Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the FDA) warned consumers that it found Smart Brain Formulations Serotonin Support, a lithium ororate supplement sold on the website Robert Lamberton Consulting, to be contaminated with E. choli (Escherichia coli).

Recalls & Warnings

May 12, 2018

Seller of Astaxanthin, Cinnamon, Pine Bark and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On March 22, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Get The Tea following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Get the Tea Astaxanthin Max, Get the Tea Colostrum Complete, and Get the Tea Pine Bark Capsules, to be adulterated because they were ...

Recalls & Warnings

October 18, 2017

FDA Warns Seller of Arthritis, Blood Pressure, Diabetes Supplements For Making Drug Claims

On August 15, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Years to Your Health, Inc., following an inspection of the company's website which found a number of their products to be misbranded, as they contained drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

April 03, 2020

FDA Warns Seller of FullerLifeC60 for Coronavirus Claims

On March 30, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to FullerLifeC60, LLC, for selling a product with unsupported claims that it can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

May 23, 2020

FTC Warns 50 More Companies for Coronavirus Claims

On May 21, 2020, the FTC announced that it sent warning letters to 50 companies for selling products such as herbal products, immune system boosters, and vitamin C, with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

April 03, 2020

FDA Warns Seller of Homeopathic Medicine for Coronavirus Claims

On April 1, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Homeomart Indibuy for selling products with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recalls & Warnings

January 18, 2005

Supplement Maker to Pay over $3.5 Million to Settle Deceptive Advertising Charges for Immune Dietary Supplement

On January 18, 2005, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Orange County (California) District Attorney, and the California State Attorney General announced that they had reached settlements with Body Wise International, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

May 17, 2013

Maker of Cardio, Arthritis, Cleanse Supplements and More Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On May 8, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Entrenet Nutritionals, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

March 26, 2019

Seller of NeuSilver Colloidal Silver for Adults, Children and Pets Warned by FDA

On February 19, 2019, the FDA issued a warning letter to iMedDo, Inc., following a review of the company's website, http://www.imeddo.

Recalls & Warnings

July 31, 2018

FDA Warns Seller of Joint Health and Cholesterol Supplements

On July 13, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to GC Natural, following a facility inspection which found a number of the company's products, including Red Pyrola Plus + Advanced Joint Formula Capsules, CSDP GOLD Capsules, Rejeune Optimal Kidney & Liver Support Extract balls, C.

Recalls & Warnings

February 13, 2019

Supplements Promoted for Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Sell "False Hope," Warns FDA

On February 11, 2019, the FDA warned consumers to beware supplements promoted to prevent or treat Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

Recalls & Warnings

March 30, 2019

FDA Warns Seller of Reishi, Joint Supplements, Ginseng & More for Pesticides, Other Violations

On March 12, 2019, the FDA issued a warning letter to Yanqing "Michael" Li and Chang Su, owners of the website http://www.woohoonatural.

Recalls & Warnings

June 21, 2002

Canadian Warning on Use of Seven Herbal Supplements from BotanicLab

On June 19, 2002, Health Canada issued a warning that Canadians not use seven herbal products manufactured in the United States by BotanicLab because they contain undeclared prescription drugs that could cause serious health effects if not taken under medical supervision.

Recalls & Warnings

January 20, 2016

Seller of Aloe, Moringa Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On January 13, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Alkebulan International Services, LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's products,Aloe Ferox and Moringa Oleifera Capsule to be adulterated because they prepared, packed, or held under conditions that ...

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February 06, 2004

FDA Seizes Ephedra-Containing Dietary Supplements for Unsubstantiated Athletic Performance Claims

On February 5, 2004, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., and U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan announced the seizure of ephedra-containing dietary supplements Betatrim, Thermbuterol, and Stacker 2, from Musclemaster.com in Northboro, Mass.

Recalls & Warnings

December 02, 2014

Seller of Energy & Joint Supplements, Aloe, Silver and More Warned for Drug Claims

On November 24, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Jansen Enterprises, LLC, dba HealthWorksUSA, following an inspection of the company's website which found statements made about Nutra Blast Natural Energy, Ionic Silver Water, Nutra Complete, and Nutra Gel to be drug claims. 

Recalls & Warnings

August 26, 2014

Seller of Immune Supplement Warned for Drug Claims

On August 12, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Ad-Med Biotechnology, following a review of the company's websites and product labels, which found statements made about Immune Active Adult Formula and Immune Active Children's Formula to be drug claims. 

Recalls & Warnings

June 27, 2017

Seller of Alpha Lipoic Acid, Cinnamon Supplements and More Warned For Manufacturing Violations

On May 1, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to Nature's Vision, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

February 17, 2018

FDA Warns Seller Reishi Mushroom Supplements

On February 7, 2018, the FDA issued a warning letter to Reishi D. International, Inc., following a facility inspection which found the company's Reishi D.

Recalls & Warnings

October 18, 2017

Total Body Nutrition Warned for Banned Stimulant in Supplements

On September 28, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Total Body Nutrition following a facility inspection which found some of the company's products to be adulterated because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary ...

Recalls & Warnings

September 28, 2017

Seller of Prostate, Reishi Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On September 11, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Vicare International (USA), Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

December 05, 2014

Maker of Immune Supplement Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On November 20, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Urban Moonshine, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

May 23, 2013

Seller of Sexual Enhancement, Cholesterol, Resveratrol Supplements and More Warned For Drug Claims

On May 2, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Alternative Health Supplements, following a review of the company's website, which found statements made about several dietary supplements, including Regenerect, Alligin, Astaxanthin Advantage, HDL Cholesterol Management, Resveratrol, Coral Calcium ...

Recalls & Warnings

January 11, 2012

Herbal Extract Company Warned by FDA of Making Drug Claims

On January 3, 2012, the U.S. FDA sent a Warning Letter to Herbal Extract Plus, LLC regarding legal violations for claiming its herbal products can cure or prevent diseases.

Recalls & Warnings

July 18, 2017

Seller of "Super Strength Prostate Formula," Acai Berry Supplements & More Warned for Drug Claims

On June 30, 2017, the FDA issued a warning letter to Nature's Health Company, LLC, following a facility inspection and review of the company's website, www.natureshealthcompany.

Recalls & Warnings

October 24, 2012

FDA Seizes Many Supplements from New York Company Due To Drug Claims

On October 23, 2012, U.S. Marshalls, acting on behalf of the FDA, seized dietary supplements and unapproved drugs from Confidence, Inc., a supplement manufacturer in Port Washington, N.Y. The products included dietary supplements Dr.

Recalls & Warnings

August 30, 2012

FDA Warns of Medical Claims Made For Numerous Chinese Herbal Products

On August 15, 2012, the FDA warned Dragon Herbs that promotional statements made on the company's website constitute drug claims for twenty herbal products, including CardioPro 2000, Cordyceps, Duanwood Reishi, Gynostemma, Ginseng and Astragalus Combination, Dang Gui and Gelatin, Sweet Relief, ...

Recalls & Warnings

September 13, 2013

Metagenics Warned For Misbranding of Medical Foods and Drug Claims

On August 13, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Metagenics, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

November 18, 2015

Seller of "Hangover" Supplement Warned for Manufacturing Violations & Drug Claims

On September 17, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to Life Support Development Ltd, following a facility inspection which found the company's product, including Life Support Hangover Relief to be adulterated because they prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate ...

Recalls & Warnings

June 06, 2017

Seller of Herbal Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On May 25, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to Life Rising Corporation, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including Stomach Regulator, Fang Feng Formula, Skin Regulator, Regulate Liver, Circulation Regulator, Pancreas Support, Lung Regulator, Pure Tea, ...

Recalls & Warnings

February 27, 2018

Dog Treats, Food Recalled Due to Salmonella, Listeria Risk

The following dog treats and dog food are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes or Salmonella, which can cause illness in pets who consume these products, as well as in pet owners who handle the contaminated products or touch ...

Recalls & Warnings

January 21, 2018

Men's Fiber Supplement Recalled

On January 21, 2018, Break Ventures/California Basics recalled of its fiber supplement for men, Zero for Him (150 count) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Recalls & Warnings

July 18, 2017

Oat Cereal Recalled Due to Listeria Risk

On July 18, 2017, Garden of Light, Inc., recalled Woodstock Organic Matcha Vanilla Oats because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Recalls & Warnings

January 16, 2018

Marketers of CellAssure and Cognify Settle FTC Charges of Deceptive Cancer Claims

On January 11, 2018, the FTC announced that CellMark Biopharma, LLC and its CEO, Derek E.

Recalls & Warnings

October 01, 2016

No Evidence Supplement Can Reverse or Prevent Gray Hair, Says FTC

On September 23, 2016, the FTC announced a U.S. district court has issued a judgement prohibiting the makers of Grey Defence dietary supplements from making claims the products can reverse or prevent grey hair, unless they are not misleading and are supported by reliable scientific evidence.

Recalls & Warnings

September 14, 2016

Seller of Aloe, Prostate and Joint Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On April 8, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Salud Natural Entrepreneurs, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

January 16, 2016

Seller of Liver, Lung Support Supplements Warned for Drug Claims

On January 4, 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter to Tibetan Herbal Balance, Inc.

Recalls & Warnings

July 06, 2012

Centrum Multivitamins: Breast and Colon Health Claims Pulled

On July 5, 2012, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare announced it will withdraw breast and colon health claims from its Centrum multivitamin advertising and labels, and will revise health and energy claims made on other Centrum products.

Recalls & Warnings

March 16, 2006

Garden of Life, Maker of Primal Defense, Settles FTC Charges

On March 9, 2006, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that an operation that marketed dietary supplements sold at Whole Foods Market, GNC, the Vitamin Shoppe, and on the Internet settled FTC charges that they made deceptive advertising claims about their supplements.

Recalls & Warnings

January 02, 2012

FDA Warns XYMOGEN of Manufacturing and Labeling Violations Regarding Multiple Products

On December 13, 2011, the U.S. FDA sent a Warning Letter to Atlantic Pro Nutrients, Inc. (dba XYMOGEN) regarding labeling and/or manufacturing violations relating to its products, which include Borage CP-240, CoQmax CF, Immune Rx, Iron Glycinate, and Green Tea 600.

Recalls & Warnings

March 11, 2002

Recall and Warning to Stop Use of Prostate Supplements "PC SPES" and "SPES"

Note: This posting was origially made on February 8, 2002. Additional information was added on March 11, 2002.

Recalls & Warnings

April 23, 2013

Seller of Digestion, Thyroid and Vitamin D Supplements Warned For Drug Claims

On November 5, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to The Women's Health Institute at Texas following a review of the company's various websites which found statements made about Digest + SEB, Iodine Plus 2, and D5000 Vitamin D dietary supplements to be drug claims.

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April 18, 2013

Cardio, Energy and Sexual Enhancement Supplement Distributor Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On December 21, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to ForMor Inc, dba ForMor International, following a facility inspection which found the company's Cardio Cocktail and Argenix dietary supplements to be adulterated because because they were prepared, packed, or held under conditions that do ...

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December 10, 2014

Risk of Fungal Infection from Probiotics in People with Weakened Immune System

On December 9, 2014, the FDA warned that supplements containing live bacteria or yeast have the potential to be contaminated with mold, and may pose a risk of potentially deadly fungal infection in immunocompromised persons.

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June 10, 2017

Seller of Prostate, Immune Supplements & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On May 25, 2017 the FDA issued a warning letter to The Herbalist, Inc.

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November 17, 2005

FTC Warns Web Sites Peddling Hormone Replacement

On November 10, 2005, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that its staff had sent warning letters to 34 Web site operators making claims that products advertised as natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy will prevent or treat diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, or ...

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December 12, 2014

Marketers of HCG Settle FTC Charges of Deceptive Weight Loss Claims

Marketers of HCG Platinum drops have agreed to pay $1 million to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that claims the drops could cause rapid and substantial weight loss were deceptive and not supported by scientific evidence.

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February 06, 2015

POM Wonderful Claims Were Deceptive, Court Rules

On January 30, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that an appeals court has upheld the Commission's ruling that marketers for POM Wonderful made deceptive health claims about the product.

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May 20, 2015

Supplements to Eliminate Gray Hair Not Supported by Science, Says FTC

On May 13, 2015, the FTC announced marketers of GetAwayGrey and Rise-N-Shine, dietary supplements promoted to reverse or prevent gray hair, have agreed to settle charges that claims made about the products are not supported by science.

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January 18, 2013

FTC Upholds Ruling, POM Wonderful Health Claims Were Deceptive

On January 16, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it will uphold a judge’s ruling that makers of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice and POMx supplements made deceptive and unsubstantiated claims that the products could treat, prevent, or reduce the risk of heart disease, prostate ...

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November 02, 2012

Maker of Joint Health, Blood Sugar, Prostate, Ginkgo Supplements and More Warned For Drug Claims, Misbranding and Adulteration

On September 10, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Global Source Management & Consulting for making drug claims about the following dietary supplements: Scientific Joint Program capsules, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Healthy Blood Sugar Diabetic Support, Dr.

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June 13, 2013

Seller of Cardio, Immune, Greens Supplements and More Warned For Drug Claims

On May 29, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to dietary supplement company Nature's Answer, following a review a the company's website, www.naturesanswer.

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May 20, 2005

Seller of "Ocular Nutrition" Supplement Settles FTC Charges

On March 16, 2005, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Hi-Health Supermart Corporation (Hi-Health) and its owner, Simon Chalpin, settled FTC charges that they made unsubstantiated advertising claims that their product – Premier Formula for Ocular Nutrition-Optim3 (Ocular Nutrition) – ...

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February 19, 2005

Seller of Eye Supplement Purporting to Restore Vision and Eliminate "Floaters" Settles FTC Charges

On February 15, 2005, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Hi-Health Supermart Corporation (Hi-Health) and its owner, Simon Chalpin, have settled FTC charges that they made unsubstantiated advertising claims that their product – Premier Formula for Ocular Nutrition-Optim3 (Ocular ...

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September 25, 2007

Recall of Contaminated Baby Supplement

On September 21, 2007 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to consume Baby's Bliss Gripe Water, apple flavor, with a code of 26952V and expiration date of October 2008 (shown as '10/08' on the label). The product is distributed by MOM Enterprises, Inc.

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July 24, 2012

Baby Supplement Recalled Due To Salmonella Risk

On July 20, 2012, Wellements LLC issued a voluntary recall of Baby Move Prune Concentrate because testing of retained raw materials used in the product found one ingredient to be positive for Salmonella.

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January 28, 2014

Emergen-C Settles False Advertising Lawsuit

Alacer Corp., marketers of Emergen-C, has agreed to pay $6.45 million to settle a class action lawsuit which charged the company made false claims that the vitamin C supplement could boost immunity, energy and metabolism.

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August 28, 2013

Tea and Papaya Supplement Company Warned For Drug Claims

On August 12, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Herbal Papaya, LLC, following a review of the company's website and Facebook page which found statements made about Papaya Seed Extract Capsules, 100% Papaya Leaf (Paw Paw Twig) and Papaya Leaf with Rooibos Tea to be drug claims. 

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March 19, 2014

Maker of Herbal Capsules and Extracts Warned for Manufacturing Violations

On September 19, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Herbalist and Alchemist, Inc.

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November 28, 2012

Maker of Pycnogenol, Memory and Immune Supplements Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Misbranding

On November 15, 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to contract manufacturer Health Technology, Inc.

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November 21, 2014

Seller of "Ebola" Supplement Warned for Drug Claims

On November 18, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to the seller of dietary supplement Ebola-C, following a review of the company's website, www.ebola-c.com, which found statements made about the product to be drug claims.

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September 23, 2014

More Carob Powder Products Recalled

On September 22, 2014, Glaser Organic Farms issued a recall of Raw Carob Powder and Carob Fudgy Brownie because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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March 15, 2016

Tea Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

On March 11, 2016 Awareness Corp. issued a recall of its 7.4 ounce container of Boost Tea because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

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October 05, 2011

FDA Warns Herbal Nitro of Manufacturing Violations

The FDA has published a Warning Letter dated September 22, 2011 to Herbal Nitro Inc. regarding manufacturing violations at its facility in Yucaipa, CA.

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February 17, 2010

FTC Warns of Deceptive Claims with Children's Omega-3 Supplements

On February 17, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had sent letters to 11 companies that promote various omega-3 fatty acid supplements, telling them they should review their product packaging and labeling to make sure they do not violate federal law by making baseless ...

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April 09, 2006

Sellers of Children’s Weight-Loss Product Settle FTC Charges

On April 6, 2006, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the marketers of Pedia Loss, a purported children’s weight-loss product, and Fabulously Feminine, a supposed female libido enhancement product, had agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they made false and ...

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September 09, 2014

Maker of Popular Green Coffee Bean Extract Settles FTC Charges of Unsupported Weight Loss Claims

Applied Food Sciences, Inc., maker of green coffee bean extract GCA, has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle FTC charges that weight loss claims made about the extract were not supported by scientific evidence.

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June 12, 2014

Marketers of Memory Supplement Settle FTC Charges of Deceptive Claims

Martek Biosciences Corporation and i-Health Inc., marketers of BrainStrong Adult, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that claims the supplement could improve adult memory and prevent cognitive decline were deceptive, and not supported by sufficient clinical evidence.

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May 13, 2015

Amberen Weight Loss Claims Not Supported by Evidence, Says FTC

On May 12, 2015, the FTC announced it filed a complaint to stop Lunada Biomedical Inc. from advertising that its product Amberen is clinically proven to cause substantial weight loss in women over 40.

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May 02, 2015

Maker of Garcinia, Joint Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On March 25, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to JW Nutritional LLC, following a facility inspection which found the company's products, including  Vanish V2 Domestic, Mr.

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January 27, 2015

Green Coffee Bean Supplement Marketer Settles FTC Charges of Deceptive Claims

On January 26, 2015, the FTC announced that Pure Health LLC, Genesis Today, and owner of both companies, Lindsey Duncan, will pay $9 million to settle charges of deceptive weight loss claims made about the companies' green coffee bean extract products.

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February 05, 2014

Maker of Digestive Health Supplement Warned For Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

On January 22, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Intensive Nutrition Incorporated, following a facility inspection which found the company's digestive support supplement, Tanalbit, to be adulterated because it was prepared, packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good ...

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June 21, 2016

"Doctor Trusted" Seal and Certification Program for Dietary Supplements Misleading and Meaningless, Says FTC

SmartClick Media LLC, also doing business as Doctor Trusted, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that its "Doctor Trusted" seal and certificates, which appeared on some 800 websites promoting health products and dietary supplements, ...

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April 28, 2017

Marketers of Weight Loss System Agree to Settle FTC Charges of Deceptive Claims

On April 21, 2017, the FTC announced the marketers of the NutriMost Ultimate Fat Loss System (NutriMost, LLC and NutriMost Doctors, LLC) agreed to settle charges they made false claims about the product.

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October 11, 2016

Seller of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Settles FTC Charges of False Advertising

On October 5, 2016, the FTC announced the sellers of the liquid glucosamine and chondroitin supplement Supple (Supple LLC) agreed to settle charges they made false claims about the product.

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October 06, 2004

False Claims Made by Marketer of Cortisol-related Weight-Loss Supplements According to FTC

On October 6, 2004, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)charged marketers of two dietary supplements with claiming, falsely and without substantiation, that their products can cause weight loss and reduce the risk of, or prevent, serious health conditions.

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October 05, 2007

FTC Charges Progesterone Cream Sellers with Making Unsubstantiated Claims

On October 5, 2007 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced complaints against seven online sellers of alternative hormone replacement therapy (HRT) products, alleging that they made health claims for their natural progesterone creams without supporting scientific evidence.

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June 09, 2005

FTC Cracks Down on "HGH" Supplements; $20 Million in Consumer Redress

On June 9, 2005, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that two Florida businesses have agreed to a federal court order requiring them to pay up to $20 million in consumer redress – the largest monetary judgment ever obtained in an FTC health fraud case – to settle charges that they ...