U.S. Cracks Down on Diet-Supplement Companies in Broad Sweep

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SK Labs Charged by FTC in Diet Supplement Case

U.S. officials cracked down on dietary-supplement companies in a broad industry sweep, accusing them of misleading consumers about the ingredients and health benefits of their products.

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

These cases “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,” Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Mizer said in the statement.

USPlabs is known for its workout and weight-loss supplements sold under the name Jack3d and OxyElite Pro. The company’s products are sold by GNC Holdings Inc. and Vitamin Shoppe Inc., which aren’t accused of wrongdoing.

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