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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 2 months ago

Could I get in legal trouble for falsely advertising a supplement ?

Like say the supplement is a natural pain reliever and it really does relieve pain, but the ingredients in it are a lie. The product is natural and safe, but the ingredients are false.

Update:

Not to mention the product does contain the ingredients in it, but not every ingredients that claims to be in it, is in it. It's a little exaggerated

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  • hamel5
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    2 months ago
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    Short answer - yes you can' The actual ingredients are required to be on the container.

    Whether you'd get caught is another matter.

    Hope that you've got plenty of insurance. Let's say that someone has an allergy to one of the secret ingredients.....that could get messy

    • Michelle2 months agoReport

      I updated the question, please re-read 

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  • 2 months ago

    Well yes, of course you can, that is fraud.

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  • 2 months ago

    Serious legal trouble. If you lie about what's in it and someone is harmed by what's actually in it and would not have taken it if you didn't lie, very serious legal trouble.

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  • 2 months ago

    Yea, false advertising is illegal (in general).

    "False advertising is the use of false, misleading, or unproven information to advertise products to consumers. The advertising frequently does not disclose its source. One form of false advertising is to claim that a product has a health benefit or contains vitamins or minerals that it in fact does not." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_advertising

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  • 2 months ago

    You would get in more trouble for not having the ingredients you claim to have than for claiming benefits that the supplement doesn't provide. There's stricter oversight of the listings of ingredients on the label than there is of claims made for non-prescription vitamins and supplements. This has been an issue- many think the FDA should be more involved in evaluating the claims that are made for supplements, but not much has been done about it so far. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Gee, ya think? That would be Fraud. And it's a felony. That's why no one DOES it.

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    • scott b
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      2 months agoReport

      You can't exaggerate on a label either. By law, it has to be factual. Otherwise, there wouldn't be any POINT in labels, if anyone could just "exaggerate" whatever they wanted.

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