U.S. Marshals Seize Herbal Tea

September 29, 2003

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U.S. Marshals Seize Herbal Tea

WASHINGTON--In mid-September, U.S. Marshals seized around $4,000 worth of product with labels claiming they could cure conditions such as cancer. The products in question were herbal teas, Forticel and Forticel Mix, from Jean's Greens in Norway, N.Y.

U.S. Marshals acted at the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which stated there is no scientific evidence to support the company's claims. The agency investigated the Jean's Greens (www.jeansgreens.com) teas in November 2001, and warned the company it needed to change its labeling. However, FDA reported, the company failed to do so. As such, FDA considered the products to be unapproved new drugs, and U.S. Marshals seized 385 bottles and 78 mix packages.

"FDA is committed to rooting out modern purveyors of snake oil," said FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. "FDA will continue its aggressive enforcement efforts against companies that make misleading claims about their products." To date, FDA has received no reports of illnesses associated with taking these two products.

FDA reported that this year alone, the agency has stepped up its actions against firms making false and misleading claims about dietary supplements. These actions include issuing 73 warning letters and cyber letters to marketers of dietary supplement products, refusing the importation of 368 foreign shipments of dietary supplement products offered for entry to the United States, and supervised the voluntary destruction of $515,000 worth of dietary supplements promoted with unsubstantiated structure/function claims.

Jean's Greens could not be reached for comment by press time. For more information, visit www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2003/NEW00947.html.

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