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Posted June 9, 2020

Six More Multi-Level Marketing Companies Warned for Coronavirus and Deceptive Earnings Claims

On June 5, 2020, the FTC announced that it sent warning letters to six multi-level marketing companies for selling products such as immune system boosters and probiotics with unsupported claims that they can treat coronavirus (COVID-19) and/or for misrepresenting potential earnings people who have recently lost income can make by selling their products. The agency warned ten other multi-level marketing companies in April 2020 for similar coronavirus claims.

The agency sent similar warnings to ten other multi-level marketing companies in April 2020.

Both the FTC and FDA emphasized that there are currently no approved treatments for the virus and have previously stated: "There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)."  

Companies that received a warning letter for both health and earnings claims include the following (use the links below to read the full warning letter):
Companies that received a warning letter for health claims:
One company that received a warning letter for earnings claims related to coronavirus: Products were promoted with statements such as "...Anyone who has Covid-19 should have: 1 Healthy Bran and Heart Pak, 1 Healthy Bone and Joint Pak, 1 Immunity Health Pak," "Looks like the SAME probiotics strains and enzymes that are in my ProBio5 are being used to help treat COVID-19 symptoms," and "In the fight against COVID-19 -- Keep moving every day and eating healthy! Isagenix shakes boost your immunity 500%!" 

The agencies instructed the companies to send an email to within 48 hours of receipt of the warning, describing the specific steps they have taken to correct these violations. 

See ConsumerLab's answer to the question: What are natural remedies for coronavirus (COVID-19)? Do supplements like zinc, vitamin C, or herbals work?

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