The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent warning letters to 16 dietary supplement distributors. The distributors have been making false and misleading claims for weight loss products promoted over the internet.
Many of these products claim to block starch, carbohydrates and fat calories, while allowing consumers to lose weight without any changes in lifestyle.
Dietary supplement labeling may include claims about the supplement's effect on the structure or function of the human body, however claims must be substantiated.
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After reviewing the claims of the various products, the FDA concluded that the claims being made were not supported by reliable scientific evidence.
"These products give unfounded hope to people who are attempting to lose weight", stated Acting FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford.
"False and misleading claims have significant health consequences to individuals that may be overweight because these products do not produce the desired results".
The FDA's March 2004 Working Group Report on Obesity recommends enforcement actions against weight loss products having false or misleading claims.
Copies of the warning letters can be found online.