News Roundup: Supplement Crackdown

This week the Justice Department announced that charges have been filed against 117 makers/distributors of dietary supplements. Charges range from false claims on the label not being supported by research to ingredients being in the product but not listed on the label.

This week’s news roundup brings to you a collection of articles related to the Justice Department filing criminal charges against dietary supplement companies.  

Dietary supplements industry in crosshairs as law enforcement announces charges.The Washington Post. “The Justice Department said it had filed criminal charges against Dallas-based USPlabs, known for workout and weight-loss supplements such as Jack3d and OxyElite Pro. USPlabs allegedly told some retailers that its products contained natural plant extracts, but the company actually used a synthetic stimulant manufactured in a Chinese chemical factory, according to "the department’s complaint."

Charges Filed Against Makers of Nutritional Supplements.US News. “Criminal charges and civil injunctions have been filed against 117 makers and/or distributors of potentially dangerous dietary supplements, U.S. government agencies announced Tuesday.”

The government is bringing criminal charges against companies that sell bogus dietary supplements. Vox. “In each of the 117 cases, federal agencies allege that companies were selling either dietary supplements that contained ingredients other than what was listed on the label or products that made claims that weren't supported by scientific evidence.”

Makers of Nutritional Supplements Charged in Federal Sweep.The New York Times. “According to the indictment, the use of OxyElite Pro led to a number of liver injuries, including at least one death. Marketers said the supplements increased strength, speed and endurance, and they became popular with workout enthusiasts.”

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