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Cancer Claims Continue Attracting Federal Enforcement Actions

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Herbal and supplement products allegedly making deceptive cancer cure claims prompted the Federal Trade Commission to file complaints against 11 firms, including five that rejected settlement offers and are contesting the complaints

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