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US Dept. of Justice announces criminal charges against dietary supplement maker that scammed consumers with dangerous ingredients and false labels


Dietary supplements

(NaturalNews) In conjunction with the FDA, FTC and even the DoD, the US Dept. of Justice announced criminal indictments against a dietary supplement manufacturer that appears to have a long history of falsifying ingredients, intentionally mislabeling its products and knowingly harming consumers with chemical ingredients.

According to the DOJ, USP Labs in Texas imported bulk isolated chemical ingredients from China, then mislabeled them as plant-based ingredients. They also engaged in deceptive marketing and even the chemical adulteration of their product, says the DOJ, causing liver damage in numerous customers and putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk.

In a widely publicized announcement today, the DOJ, FDA, FTC and DoD all urged consumers to beware of what they call "high risk supplements" which are:

• Weight loss dietary supplements made with chemical stimulants and marketed with outrageous claims of magical weight loss.

• Bodybuilding supplements made with chemical ingredients that promise unreal muscle gains but actually contain potentially hazardous chemicals.

• Performance-enhancing supplements that may contain banned substances (doping) which may also pose a risk to consumers.

Criminal indictments were handed down today against at least four executives of the USP Labs company in Texas, plus at least 20 warning letters have been sent out to other companies for engaging in what the federal government described as misleading, even "criminal" behavior.

Health Ranger agrees: There is a criminal element in the industry and it must be stopped!

Believe it or not, I agree that there is a fringe, criminal element in the dietary supplement industry, and this element is engaged in deceptive, dubious practices that put the public at risk.

While most of the dietary supplement industry operates ethically and honestly, a few bad apples are raking in millions of dollars each month in sales of dishonest, chemically-adulterated products that endanger the public.

I've recorded four audio segments on this topic for TalkNetwork.com. Hear them below:








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