Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations
M.R.S. Marketing 26-Mar-04
Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Service
5100 Paint Branch Parkway
March 26, 2004
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
P.O. Box 738
Bokeelia, FL 33922-0738
Dear Sir or Madam:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed your web site at the Internet address http://www.potentherbs.com. and has concluded that claims on this web site cause your products "Ultra Carbo Blocker 3000," "Block It -," "Carb Zapper," and "Carb Intercept" to be misbranded under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act). You can find the Act and FDA's regulations through links on FDA's Internet home page: http://www.fda.gov.
Under section 403(r)(6) of the Act, dietary supplement labeling may include claims about the supplement's effect on the structure or function of the human body (structure/function claims), provided that certain requirements are met. 21 U.S.C. § 343(r)(6)(A). One of these requirements is that the manufacturer of a dietary supplement bearing a "structure/function" claim must have substantiation that the claim is truthful and not misleading. 21 U.S.C. § 343(r)(6)(B).
The labeling of Ultra Carbo Blocker 3000, Block It Carb Zapper, and Carb Intercept bears structure/function claims, including the following:
• Ultra Carbo Blocker 3000:
o "Ultra Carbo Blocker 3000 contains an exclusive new formula to block the absorption of carbohydrates in the food you eat"
o "Ultra Carbo Blocker 3000 can also reduce sugar cravings, stimulate weight loss...."
o "Ultra Carbo Blocker 3000 acts on these excess carbohydrates helping to pass them through the system rather than storing them...."
o "Each capsule blocks up to 450 calories from carbohydrates and Sugar"
• Block It™:
o "Block It ™ blocks the absorption of excessive carbohydrates, fats, and sugar from the food you eat."
o "[A]ssist[s] your body with sugar metabolism and regulation"
o "Block It's™ unique formula also reduces sugar cravings"
o "Block It™ contains these powerful fat fighting ingredients..."
• Carb Zapper:
o "'Zap' up to 38 grams of carbohydrates and sugars. Don't put those sugars and carbs on your hips..."
• Carb Intercept™:
o "Ultra Carb Intercept™ is an effective carbohydrate inhibitor, which prevents carbohydrates from breaking down, converting them into glucose, and being stored as fat."
o "[P]revents carbohydrates, including table sugar, from being mobilized and possibly converting to fat."
We have reviewed these claims and have concluded that they are not supported by reliable scientific evidence. Because these claims lack substantiation, they are false or misleading, and cause your products to be misbranded within the meaning of sections 403(a)(1) and 403(r)(6)(B) of the Act. 21 U.S.C. § 343(a)(1), (r)(6)(B). It is a violation of section 301(a) of the Act to introduce or deliver for introduction into interstate commerce any food, including a dietary supplement, that is misbranded. 21 U.S.C. § 331(a).
This letter is not an all-inclusive review of your web site and the products that your firm markets. It is your responsibility to ensure that all products marketed by your firm comply with the Act and its implementing regulations.
The Act authorizes injunctions against manufacturers and distributors of illegal products and seizure of such products. 21 U.S.C . §§ 332, 334. You should take prompt action to correct any violations, including the violations identified in this letter. Failure to do so may result in enforcement action without further notice.
If you have scientific evidence which you believe substantiates that your claims for "TrimSpa Carb Blocker" and "TrimSpa Fat Blocker" are truthful and not misleading, please provide it to us within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of this letter. Alternatively, please advise this office, in writing and within fifteen working days of receipt of this letter, of the specific steps you have taken to correct the noted violations and to ensure that similar violations do not occur in the future. If corrective action cannot be completed with fifteen working days, state the reason for the delay and the time within which the corrections will be made.
Your reply should be sent to the attention of Compliance Officer Quyen Tien at the above address.
Joseph R. Baca
Office of Compliance
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition