Dr. Oz fined $9 million for green bean deceptionChris Middlebrooks (Author) Published Date : Jan 29, 2015 04:49 IST
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken action against the green coffee bean extract which was promoted in the popular television show hosted by Dr. Oz.
This action was flowed by complaints and a congressional hearing of June 2014.
This is not the first time the credibility of Dr Oz. and his associate and guest, Lindsay Duncan has been making claims of weight loss on air.
According to the FTC Lindsey Duncan, an officer of a company called Genesis Today, Inc., made deceptive and unsubstantiated claims about weight loss products as guest on Dr. Oz and elsewhere.
A press release earlier this week from the FTC noted:
Lindsey Duncan and the companies he controlled have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively touted the supposed weight-loss benefits of green coffee bean extract through a campaign that included appearances on The Dr. Oz Show , The View , and other television programs. Under the FTC settlement, the defendants are barred from making deceptive claims about the health benefits or efficacy of any dietary supplement or drug product, and will pay $9 million for consumer redress.
According to the FTC, the sham that Duncan and her associates are taking part in by portraying themselves as experts on nutrition supports the fact that they were paid to do so to promote the green coffee bean extract and similar supplements.
A study in December 2014 Brtish Medical Journal evaluated that medical advice given on TV shows are unsubstantial and unverified.
The health and nutrition declaration made on Dr. Oz s show were brought under scrutiny to investigate the authenticity of these claims are research found that evidence supported 46%, contradicted 15% and 39% of the information was not found anywhere in medical science.
Therefore we can conclude that the hoax show of Dr. Oz was giving out advice based on nothing. It is hoped that the $9 million fine which has been fined will be put towards helping raise awareness and increase media literacy and to stop people from believing that anything different and herbal just might as well help them in their weight loss procedure.
Dr. Oz fined $9 million for green bean deception