GNC Holdings Inc. has agreed to pay $2.25 million and take steps to ensure potentially unlawful ingredients are not included in its supplements, according to the U.S. Justice Department. The announcement follows a federal investigation into how a misbranded version of OxyElite Pro reached the company’s shelves in 2013.
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What’s the Problem?
December 8, 2016 – The investigation found that “GNC’s practices related to ensuring the legality of products on its shelves were lacking” when it sold OxyElite Pro Advanced Formula, according to Reuters.
The supplement was manufactured by Dallas-based USPlabs, which was indicted in November 2015 and is awaiting trial for conspiring to import ingredients from China using false labeling and documentation. GNC suspended sales of all products made by the company shortly following news of the indictment.
According to the Justice Department, USPlabs told some of its retailers and wholesalers that it used natural plant extracts in its products when it was actually using synthetic stimulants that were manufactured in China.
Investigators concluded that GNC had “relied on the representations and written guarantees of USP Lab” that OxyElite Pro was lawfully represented and did not perform additional testing to confirm the company’s representations.
Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s civil division, called the agreement a “significant step forward in reforming an industry rife with alarming practices,” adding that “companies like GNC need to do more to ensure that they are not selling products containing questionable and untested ingredients.”
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