Immunity, Weight Loss Supplement Marketers Risk FTC Scrutiny By Ignoring Industry Self-Regulation
NAD forwards to regulatory agency its concerns about claims by Hypernatural and Letitox Nutrition after they didn’t participate in the industry self-regulation forum. Both firms’ claims were challenged by the Council for Responsible Nutrition as part of a program with NAD it previously supported.
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Some firms that challenged ad claims NAD attorneys later bring to FTC's attention want to take more shots at the claims while businesses making the claims want to repeat their arguments from NAD reviews, says Carolyn Hann, FTC chief of staff for advertising practices.
The trade group ends funding for National Advertising Division program launched in 2006 for increased focus on monitoring supplement claims, reviewing 360 in total. Separately, NAD launches an expedited challenge process aiming to conclude reviews in 20 business days.