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Posted November 03, 2011
Hoodia Marketers Fined and Banned from Business
On November 3, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it settled charges brought against three people and two companies for deceptively advertising a supposed weight-loss supplement ingredient -- hoodia. One defendant is banned from making any weight-loss claims related to foods, drugs, or dietary supplements and must turn over a vacation home and other assets to the FTC; another is banned from the dietary supplement business; and all defendants are barred from making any more deceptive claims. The marketers were part of a scheme that supplied manufacturers of weight-loss supplements with a substance they claimed was a derivative of the plant Hoodia gordonii (“hoodia”), which is native to southern Africa.