Posted June 11, 2015

FDA Warns Maker of Fruit Energy Drinks for Drug Claims

On May 19, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter to CK Management, Inc. following a facility inspection which found statements made on product labels and websites about Whole5, Fruit of the Spirit and ViaViente "whole food" fruit puree energy drinks to be drug claims. 

Whole5 contains a variety of pureed fruits such as acai, pomegranate and noni, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. It was promoted to treat a number of conditions with statements such as " An energizing whole fruit puree juice that is rich in anti-oxidants ... Anti-oxidants help protect the human body... lead to various chronic diseases related to aging. Extensive scientific evidence links heart disease, stroke, circulation problems, cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes..." and "[H]as helped me very much with my diabetes and also my aches and pains...

Fruit of the Spirit contains a variety of pureed fruits, as well as vitamins and minerals. It was promoted to treat conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease with statements such as "If you suffer from chronic ... pain, persistent fatigue or insomnia, regularly get sinus, ear, or bladder infections ... concerned about heart disease, diabetes, or any other serious illness, you should be taking Fruit of the Spirit every day.

ViaViente, a similar drink, was promoted with statements such as " Miracle Heart Cure ... Natural Heart Remedy.

See ConsumerLab.com's Reviews of B Vitamin Supplements and Energy Drinks and Greens and Whole Foods Powders and Pills for tests of related products.

Also see ConsumerLab.com's Review articles about Noni Juice and Pomegranate Juice and Supplements for information about these ingredients.

See Related Warnings:

Seller of "Natural" Cough Syrup Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

Seller of Aloe, Sexual Enhancement Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

Maker of Aloe, Weight Loss Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

Seller of Omega-3 "Syrup" Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

Seller of Diabetes, Prostate Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

Seller of "Cleanse," Allergy Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims

Maker of Herbal Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

Seller of Mineral and Joint Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

Vita Springs Health Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

Seller of Flaxseed, Ginkgo and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

Seller of Aloe, Thyroid and Other Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims

Herbal Supplement Company Warned For Drug Claims, Manufacturing Violations

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

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