CSPI and numerous other public health organizations and professionals urge the FTC to study 1. marketing expenditures by food and beverage companies to children and adolescents and 2. slotting fees, trade spend and other trade promotion practices in the retail grocery industry.
Recently, the federal government requested that companies hand over confidential, multi-million-dollar contracts to assess potential harms to American consumers. This is not the ending to the newest spy movie. This is the beginning of the newest investigation into the grocery industry.
Online salesman Joseph Mercola falsely claims that at least 22 vitamins, supplements, and other products available for sale on his web site can prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19 infection, according to letters submitted today to the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and two nonprofit legal groups.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest is asking the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission to take enforcement action against companies trying to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic by claiming dietary supplements fight viruses.
The pills and powders have unsubtle names like Pregnitude, OvaBoost, and Pink Stork. But an investigation by the Center for Science in the Public Interest of dietary supplements marketed as fertility aids for women found that there is no evidence that they help women become pregnant.