Federal Sweep Nets 40 Criminal, Civil Cases For Spiked Supplements, Disease Claims
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
A deputy assistant attorney general clarifies that ongoing investigations target “unlawful makers and marketers of dietary supplements,” but DoJ and other agencies broadly warn the entire industry about the potential for additional criminal cases as well as civil complaints.
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Following FDA investigation, Kansas businessman Rick Shepard was indicted on charges of conspiracy and introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce. In addition to purchasing the drugs from a supplier in China, indictment alleged he had the drugs in packages were labeled “healthy food samples” delivered to private shipping and mailing stores throughout the country.
"It is just common sense that there's going to be fraud where you have the combination of high growth, developing science, imported products or ingredients and limited oversight," says David Morrell, deputy assistant US attorney in DoJ'd Consumer Protection Branch. CPB
American Pure Whey says on its website, "we are temporarily discontinuing the sale of products. Please check back in 7 days and you will be able to order our products." But firm previously warned by FDA about GMP deficiencies might want to recalculate how long sales will be stopped due to 41-count indictment on criminal charges.