Reuters Health Information: U.S. announces lawsuits against makers of Jack3d, other dietary supplements
U.S. announces lawsuits against makers of Jack3d, other dietary supplements
Last Updated: 2015-11-17
By Reuters Staff
(Reuters) - USPlabs, which made the workout supplement
Jack3d, and six of its executives face criminal charges for the
unlawful sale of the nutritional supplement, the U.S. Justice
Department said on Tuesday in announcing a larger probe by
multiple federal agencies aimed at stemming the sale of unproven
Six executives with USPlabs LLC and a related company, S.K.
Laboratories, face criminal charges related to the sale of
unlawful dietary supplements. Four were arrested on Tuesday and
two are expected to surrender, the Justice department said.
The indictment says that USPlabs used a synthetic stimulant
manufactured in China to make Jack3d and OxyElite Pro but told
retailers that the supplements were made from plant extracts.
"The defendants knew of studies that linked the products to
liver toxicity," the department said in a press statement.
News of the impending press conference earlier sent share
prices of GNC Holdings Inc, Vitamin Shoppe and Herbalife Ltd
lower. But those companies were not named in the subsequent
announcement and all recovered to close down slightly.
GNC Holdings closed down 6.4%, Vitamin Shoppe ended down 5%
and Herbalife slipped 1.5%.
Along with the Justice Department, the news conference was
attended by representatives of the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Federal
Trade Commission, the Department of Defense and the U.S.