More Reasons to Support MHC Over GNC! GNC and Vitamin Shoppe Caught by FDA Misleading Public About Ingredients from China and Illegal Weight Loss Ingredients Used

November 18, 2015 at 6:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Read this article and get your Shanghai surprise, as Chinese sourced ingredients in products were deceptively not labeled properly by GNC and other big health supplement chains. Also GNC’s weight loss formula had illegal ingredients banned by the FDA. Please read on and recognize who is your friend (MHC) in your quest for the best in health and wellness and who is not (GNC)…

https://www.yahoo.com/news/dietary-supplement-shares-dive-doj-action-194332055.html

in case they pull the article it is copied below… this MHC blog

When it comes to ingesting supposed healthy ingredients in your body day and day out, it matters greatly to your overall health score what the ingredients are and where they comes from. Any ingredients listed from China are a red flag and should be avoided or at least double checked for purity.

Here at http://www.ModernHealthCoach.com we have aligned our organization with 30 of the most premiere health and wellness manufacturers from both coasts here in the USA. So please for our sake support MHC over GNC. Even though GNC is from my home town of Pittsburgh, I have to let this be known to the public and reiterate my MHC over GNC motto. Now for obvious reasons as evidenced by the FDA.

So as companies get bigger and go public they are bound to increase profits to their stock holders quarterly. So that means those publicly traded corporations cut corners anywhere they can to increase profits for their share holders, and guess what it is at your fiscal and more importantly health expense.

I can look at any ingredient paragraph from a GNC product and blast holes in it and offer you superior alternatives or at least better options for your health and well being. MHC is not in business to sell you. MHC wants you to be aware and make the right decisions on how you can dramatically improve your health with the right choices based on solid information. MHC has done this homework for you so follow my lead please and lets get to your 2.0.

There are no shortcuts in feeling good (vitality) for a long time (longevity) and shooting yourself in the foot by ingesting inferior products is a waste of money and potentially worse for your health. The placebo effect only goes so far. So give your body what it needs from organic foods and trusted supplements from MHC

The Full Story –

GNC Holdings Inc. and Vitamin Shoppe Inc. shares dropped as the Justice Department, the Food and Drug Administration and other U.S. agencies intensified their scrutiny of the dietary-supplement industry.

Manufacturers of nutritional products including USPlabs LLC and SK Laboratories Inc. were charged by the U.S. for fraud in the sale and marketing of dietary supplements, the government said Tuesday. While GNC and Vitamin Shoppe sell products made by some of the companies, they weren’t charged with any wrongdoing.

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GNC shares fell 6.4 percent to $29.07 at the close in New York, while Vitamin Shoppe slid 4.9 percent to $28.19.

USPlabs and a number of executives were charged with conspiracy to import ingredients from China and lie about their source, the Justice Department said. SK Laboratories, which makes supplements for USPlabs, was also charged in the case.

GNC has been under scrutiny by state law enforcement authorities this year, and last month the state of Oregon sued the company, claiming it sold supplements made with illegal ingredients. At the time, GNC called those claims “without merit.”

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GNC said late Tuesday in a statement that it’s cooperating with the investigation and has “rigorous policies and procedures in place with respect to third party vendors and suppliers to ensure that they meet the highest standards of compliance and accountability.”

Meghan Biango, a spokeswoman for Vitamin Shoppe, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The other agencies involved in the sweep of the supplement industry included the Federal Trade Commission, the Defense Department, the Anti-Doping Agency and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

GNC reached an agreement in March with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on its Herbal Plus products, pledging to test its supplements more stringently and follow FDA manufacturing recommendations. Schneiderman’s probe, which was also focused on retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Walgreens and Target Corp., sought information about the origins of ingredients in supplements and the health benefits described on labels.

GNC has more than 9,000 stores in more than 50 countries and bills itself as the world’s largest health retailer. The chain, based in Pittsburgh, sells vitamins, supplements and sports nutrition products.

The FDA regulates dietary supplements, though not as strictly as it does drugs. While new medicines require FDA approval based on extensive clinical trial data shared with the agency, dietary supplement firms don’t need FDA clearance. Instead, companies vouch for the safety of dietary supplements and whether the products do what they say they will, and they don’t have to share information with the FDA on how they make their determinations.

The rules require dietary supplement firms to evaluate the purity, strength and composition of their products and the FDA can consider a pill adulterated if it doesn’t contain the ingredients listed or is contaminated.

Read GNC, Vitamin Shoppe Drop on U.S. Scrutiny of Supplements on
Dietary aid shares sink as US moves against small producers

New York (AFP) – Shares of nutritional supplement companies tumbled Tuesday as the US Justice Department announced civil and criminal charges against a number of smaller, unlisted producers.

The department unveiled the results of a year-long probe into companies selling supplements that contained ingredients other than those listed or made unproven claims of their effectiveness in health and disease treatment.

The main case involved criminal charges against USPlabs and top company officials over ingredients used and claims made about its Jack3d and OxyElite Pro supplements popular in workout and weight loss programs.

Another eight companies faced civil charges, many related to unsubstantiated claims about the effects of their supplements.

Although apparently untouched by the investigation, shares of publicly traded firms in the industry suffered.

GNC Holdings plunged, finishing down 6.4 percent to $29.07, Vitamin Shoppe shed 4.9 percent to $28.19, and Herbalife lost 0.8 percent at $54.43.

Earlier, when news came out that the pending Justice Department would announce criminal charges in the industry, the shares of all three plunged much farther.

GNC shares have been under pressure since Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced in October she was suing the company over its sale of dietary supplements that contained the unapproved synthetic chemicals picamilon and BMPEA.

The latter is a powerful stimulant sometimes used for weight loss or as a doping drug by athletes.

GNC said in response that the Oregon suit was without merit and that it took action to stop selling products with the two ingredients as soon as it learned they were not considered legal by the US Food and Drug Administration.
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Stocks of nutritional-supplement companies dropped on Tuesday on reports that the Department of Justice would take actions related to dietary-supplement sales and unlawful ads.

Shares of GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, and Herbalife were all lower on the pending announcement. GNC’s share price fell by more than 20%, hitting $22.64, a 12-month low. The stock rebounded to close down 6.4% at $29.05 per share.

UPDATE: The DOJ’s announcement is out now and it doesn’t name any of those companies.

Here’s the release:

As part of a nationwide sweep, the Department of Justice and its federal partners have pursued civil and criminal cases against more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements. The actions discussed today resulted from a year-long effort, beginning in November 2014, to focus enforcement resources in an area of the dietary supplement market that is causing increasing concern among health officials nationwide. In each case, the department or one of its federal partners allege the sale of supplements that contain ingredients other than those listed on the product label or the sale of products that make health or disease treatment claims that are unsupported by adequate scientific evidence.

Among the cases announced today is a criminal case charging USPlabs LLC and several of its corporate officers. USPlabs was known for its widely popular workout and weight loss supplements, which it sold under names such as Jack3d and OxyElite Pro.

The sweep includes federal court cases in 18 states and was announced today by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division; Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy Howard Sklamberg J.D. of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Acting Deputy Director J. Reilly Dolan of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Bureau of Consumer Protection; Acting Deputy Chief Inspector Gary Barksdale of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS); and Chief Richard Weber of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Criminal Investigation (CI) Division. The Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) are also participating in the sweep to unveil new tools to increase awareness of the risks unlawful dietary supplements pose to consumers and, in particular, to assist service members targeted by illegitimate athletic performance supplements.

“The Justice Department and its federal partners have joined forces to bringing to justice companies and individuals who profit from products that threaten consumer health,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mizer. “The USPlabs case and others brought as part of this sweep illustrate alarming practices the department found—practices that must be brought to the public’s attention so consumers know the serious health risks of untested products.”

During the period of the sweep, 117 individuals and entities were pursued through criminal and civil enforcement actions. Of these, 89 were the subject of cases filed since November 2014.

Criminal Matters

An 11-count indictment was unsealed earlier today against USPlabs LLC, a Dallas firm, which formerly manufactured highly popular workout and weight loss supplements. The indictment charges USPlabs, S.K. Laboratories Inc., based in Anaheim, California, and their operators with a variety of charges related to the sale of those products. Jacobo Geissler, 39, of University Park, Texas, the CEO of USPlabs; Jonathan Doyle, 37, of Dallas, the president of USPlabs; Matthew Hebert, 37, of Dallas, responsible for product packaging design at USPlabs; Kenneth Miles, 69, of Panama City, Florida, the quality assurance executive in charge of compliance at USPlabs; S.K. Laboratories Inc.; Sitesh Patel, 32, of Irvine, California, the vice president of S.K. Laboratories; and Cyril Willson, 34, of Gretna, Nebraska, a consultant to USPlabs, are charged with various counts associated with the unlawful sale of dietary supplements. Additionally, USPlabs, Geissler, Doyle and Hebert are charged with obstruction of an FDA proceeding and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Four of the defendants were arrested earlier today and the other two will self-surrender. Along with the arrests, FDA and IRS-CI special agents seized assets in dozens of investment accounts, real estate in Texas and a number of luxury and sports cars.

The indictment alleges that USPlabs engaged in a conspiracy to import ingredients from China using false certificates of analysis and false labeling and then lied about the source and nature of those ingredients after it put them in its products. According to the indictment, USPlabs told some of its retailers and wholesalers that it used natural plant extracts in products called Jack3d and OxyElite Pro, when in fact it was using a synthetic stimulant manufactured in a Chinese chemical factory.

The indictment also alleges that the defendants sold some of their products without determining whether they would be safe to use. In fact, as the indictment notes, the defendants knew of studies that linked the products to liver toxicity.

The indictment also alleges that in October 2013, USPlabs and its principals told the FDA that it would stop distribution of OxyElite Pro after the product had been implicated in an outbreak of liver injuries. The indictment alleges that, despite this promise, USPlabs engaged in a surreptitious, all-hands-on-deck effort to sell as much OxyElite Pro as it could as quickly as possible. It was sold at dietary supplement stores across the nation.

“This joint agency effort is a testament to our commitment to protecting consumers from potentially unsafe dietary supplements and products falsely marketed as dietary supplements,” said Deputy Commissioner Sklamberg. “The criminal charges against USPlabs should serve as notice to industry that if products are a threat to public health, the FDA will exercise its full authority under the law to bring justice.”

Today’s criminal charges are among 14 criminal cases prosecuted by the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch and U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country from November 2014 to November 2015. See this chart. Of the 14 criminal cases prosecuted during this timeframe, 11 cases against 29 individuals and entities have been filed since November 2014.

The charges and allegations in the indictments are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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