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Posted August 29, 2013

Seller of CELLFOOD Supplements Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

On August 1, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to supplement retailer Lumina Health Products, Inc., following a facility inspection which found products sold by the company, including CELLFOOD, CELLFOOD Natural Weight Loss Formula, CELLFOOD SAM-e Liquid Formula, and CELLFOOD Essential Silica Formula (manufactured by NuScience Corporation), to be adulterated because they were packed, or held under conditions that violate Current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.

These violations include failure to to make and keep written procedures for returned dietary supplements and failure to establish and follow written procedures for packaging and labeling operations.

In addition, statements made about CELL FOOD, CELLFOOD Natural Weight Loss Formula, CELLFOOD SAM-e Liquid Formula, and CELLFOOD Essential Silica Formula on the company's packaging and website were found to be drug claims. 

CELLFOOD contains "78 ionic minerals, 34 enzymes, 17 amino acids, electrolytes and dissolved oxygen - and utilizes a unique water-splitting technology." It was promoted with testimonials such as, "It's been said that all forms of illness can be traced to two basic causes: too many toxins in the body... Cellfood is the only product that addresses these." 

(See ConsumerLab.com's CL Answer, "What is CELLFOOD and is it a healthy supplement?" for more information about this product.)

CELLFOOD Natural Weight Loss Formula contains CELLFOOD, L-Carnitine, and Garcinia cambogia extract. It was promoted for weight loss and cardiovascular health with testimonials such as, "Cellfood Natural Weight Loss Formula... improving the cardiovascular system by maintaining... LDL cholesterol (damaging cholesterol)...keeping arteries clear." 

(See ConsumerLab.com's Reviews of Acety-L-Carnitine Supplements and Garcinia Cambogia (HCA) Supplements for tests of related products.)

CELLFOOD SAM-e Liquid Formula also contains S-adenosyl methionine (SAM-e) and was promoted to treat depression and fibromyalgia, with statements such as "Studies have shown that it relives osteoarthritic pain and some fibromyalgia symptoms and can make a significant difference in fighting depression." 

(See ConsumerLab.com's Review of SAMe Supplements for tests of related products.)