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Posted 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. 

Papaya Seed Extract Capsules were promoted for the treatment of intestinal parasites and other conditions with statements such as "Papaya seeds eliminate intestinal parasites," and "Papaya seeds have anti-bacterial properties." 

100% Papaya Leaf (Paw Paw Twig) was promoted for boosting the immune system, aiding digestion and building blood platelet counts, with statements such as, "Papaya leaves have traditionally been used to ...aid with malaria and dengue fever, and "Herbal Papaya makes Papaya leaf (Pawpaw Twig), Seed and Fruit preparations to treat yourself naturally. ...treat cancer...and hepatitis.

Papaya Leaf with Rooibos Tea was promoted to treat cancer and other conditions, with links from the company's website to videos such "Herbal Papaya Extract & Tea May Help Cancer, platelet blood count," and through the use of website meta tags such as "Papaya Leaf Tea treat Cancer.

(See ConsumerLab.com's Reviews of Green Tea Supplements and Digestive Enzyme Supplements for tests of related products.)