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National Consumer Protection Week

As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch highlighted the potential risks posed to consumers by dietary supplements.   Her video statement builds upon a nationwide, dietary supplement sweep announced in November 2015 by the Department of Justice and its federal partners.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Discusses Dietary SupplementsAs part of the sweep, the Department of Justice and its federal partners announced that they have pursued civil and criminal cases against more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements.  The actions resulted from an effort to focus enforcement resources in an area of the dietary supplement market that is causing increasing concern among health officials nationwide.  In each case, the department or one of its federal partners allege the sale of supplements that contain ingredients other than those listed on the product label or the sale of products that make health or disease treatment claims that are unsupported by adequate scientific evidence.

In addition to the Department of Justice, the federal agencies participating in the sweep included the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. 

The Department of Justice is committed to combating fraud directed against consumers, and to protecting consumers from unproven drugs, unsafe food and consumer products, and deceptive trade practices.  

Updated March 3, 2017

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