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UNPA: On a host of issues, it's back to the future in 2015

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UNPA: On a host of issues, it's back to the future in 2015

By Loren Israelsen, president of the United Natural Products Alliance

On the cusp of its 30th anniversary, there’s been a lot of talk about the look forward provided by the 1985 movie, Back to the Future. A similar look back at the natural health products industry to see the future is not such a far-fetched idea. A number...

FTC warns 60 companies for noncompliance on ad disclosure guidelines

FTC warns 60 companies for noncompliance on ad disclosure guidelines

By Hank Schultz

The Federal Trade Commission has sent warning letters to 60 companies, including 20 of the nation’s largest advertisers, warning them about their failure to make adequate disclosures in their print and television ads.  One observer said the effort was...

FTC files suit against marketers of green coffee bean product

FTC files suit against marketers of green coffee bean product

By Hank Schultz

The Federal Trade Commission has a false advertising case against the marketers of a green coffee bean diet product. The case shows the potential dark side of the so-called ‘Dr Oz effect’ and, in the words of one observer, offers a roadmap of what not...

Industry figures commend FTC’s Operation Failed Resolution

Industry figures commend FTC’s Operation Failed Resolution

By Stephen DANIELLS

The US Federal Trade Commission’s new initiative to crack down on deceptive advertising practices for weight loss or management reinforces the importance of responsible marketing, say leading industry figures.

An acai berry supplement called Acai Pure was allegedly deceptively advertised as a weight-loss product

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FTC refunds almost $6 Million to consumers of acai berry supplement

Checks totaling $5,936,243.63 are being mailed by an administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission to consumers who purchased acai berry supplements, “colon cleansers,” and other products from Phoenix-based Central Coast Nutraceuticals, Inc.

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