U.S. bans ads for green coffee weight loss supplements
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Monday that green coffee bean supplements, promoted as a weight loss treatment on TV programs like the "The Dr. Oz Show," will no longer be permitted to advertise as a weight-loss product.
The supplement manufacturer had claimed that people taking the supplement would lose 17 pounds in 12 weeks without having to increase exercise or restrict their diet. But the FTC found there was no basis to these claims and ordered the company operating under the names, Pure Health LLC and Genesis Today, Inc. to pay $9 million in refunds to people who bought the product.
The company has agreed to the settlement and must now halt all weight-loss promotions until these results are supported by two studies.