Rossen Reports

Rossen Reports: FTC accuses weight-loss products of deception

Jan. 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM ET

The Federal Trade Commission says that makers of weight-loss products have agreed to pay to settle charges of misleading advertising. NBC News chief investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reports.

Video: NBC News investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reports on a federal crackdown on popular weight-loss products, with companies accused of making false promises to consumers.

Statement from Sensa regarding FTC suit:

“We stand behind SENSA® – a leading lifestyle tool that helps customers engage in proper portion control without traditional dieting, stimulants or pills. SENSA® Products, LLC made a decision to settle with the FTC in order to focus on the core of our business: our customers. SENSA® is incorporating changes to its advertising to comply with FTC consent order requirements and has invested millions of dollars to conduct studies to substantiate our claims. We continue to receive positive feedback from our customers and remain committed to developing products that help consumers achieve a healthier lifestyle.”

Statement from L'Occitane regarding FTC suit:

"The Federal Trade Commission and L’Occitane announced on January 7, 2014 a settlement regarding the advertising of two products, Almond Beautiful Shape and Almond Shaping Delight.

L’Occitane takes enormous care in developing our entire line of products and we want our customers to make well-informed decisions. When the FTC raised concerns in April 2012 regarding the way research findings for Almond Beautiful Shape and Almond Shaping Delight were communicated, we immediately took steps to review our advertising and marketing processes, and cooperated fully with the FTC. As a result of the FTC inquiry, L’Occitane has implemented a set of even more rigorous policies and procedures that will guide future clinical testing and ensure that our marketing and advertising comply with FTC regulations and guidelines.

We continue to make significant investments in research and innovation and stand by the exacting standards and quality of our products." 

More information about the FTC lawsuit is available here.

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