FTC Charges Seasilver with Making False and Deceptive Claims
FDA Seizes Seasilver Inventories
June 19, 2003 -- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced coordinated actions against two companies - both charged with promoting the dietary supplement "Seasilver" with unsubstantiated medical claims. The agencies' actions against Seasilver USA, Inc. and Americaloe, Inc. are designed to halt the fraudulent marketing of Seasilver and to seize the available inventory of the product. Today's actions are the latest part of Operation Cure.All, an on-going coordinated effort among the FTC, the FDA, Health Canada, Canada's Competition Bureau, and state Attorneys General. Their purpose is to crack down on unscrupulous marketers who prey on consumers with serious illnesses.
The FTC has charged the two companies, their owners, the principal distributor, and a purported "expert" with making false and unsubstantiated claims about the health benefits and safety of a product they market called "Seasilver"- a purported cure-all liquid supplement. The FTC alleges that the defendants promoted Seasilver as safe and effective to treat or cure 650 diseases, including AIDS and cancers, and to cause substantial and permanent weight loss. The FDA has seized inventories of the product.
"The FTC and the FDA are committed to aggressive action against fraudulent claims in the dietary supplement market," said Timothy J. Muris, Chairman of the FTC. "Like the snake oil salesman of old, Seasilver claimed to cure 650 different health problems, including such serious diseases as cancer, AIDS, and diabetes. These claims may keep consumers from seeking appropriate treatment. They certainly empty consumers' pockets."