Posted May 29, 2013

Seller of Colloidal Silver, Noni Juice and Noni Supplements Warned For Drug Claims

On May 16, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Matrix Health Products, Inc., following a review of the company's website which found statements made about Earth's Bounty Colloidal Silver, Tahitian Organic Noni Juice, Tahitian Original Noni Juice, Tahitian Pure Noni Juice, Hawaiian Noni Juice and Hawaiian Noni Juice Capsules to be drug claims. 

Earth's Bounty Colloidal Silver was promoted as having "antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties" and promoted with statements such as "Often called the penicillin of alternative medicine" and "Among the conditions colloidal silver has controlled are severe burns, . . . boils, . . . yeast infections, . . . digestive problems and colitis, ear and sinus infections, herpes, shingles, lupus, malaria, viral and fungal infections, blood parasites, rheumatoid arthritis, and ringworm."

(See ConsumerLab's answer to the question, Is ingesting colloidal silver helpful for any condition and is it safe to use?, and see the Review of Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements for tests of related products.)

Tahitian Organic Noni Juice, Tahitian Original Noni Juice, Tahitian Pure Noni Juice, Hawaiian Noni Juice and Hawaiian Noni Juice Capsules were promoted for a wide range of uses, including depression, diabetes, stroke and cancer, with statements such as "Analgesic — for pain and headaches" and "Noni . . . turned pre-cancer cells back into normal cells."

(See ConsumerLab.com's Review Article about Noni Juice for more information.)

Earth's Bounty Colloidal Silver, Tahitian Organic Noni Juice, Tahitian Original Noni Juice, Tahitian Pure Noni Juice, Hawaiian Noni Juice and Hawaiian Noni Juice Capsules were also found to be misbranded because the labels do not provide adequate directions for use. 

To read the FDA's warning letter, use the link below.