Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations
Sportron Training Center 12-Oct-06
Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Service
5100 Paint Branch Parkway
OCT 12, 2006
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
Mr. and Mrs. Mills
Sportron Training Center
12632 Central Ave
Chino, CA 91710
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Mills:
This is to advise you that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed your web site at the Internet address http://www.carbotone.com and has determined that the product "Carbotone" is promoted for conditions that cause the product to be a drug under section 201(g)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 U.S.C. § 321(g)(1)]. The therapeutic claims on your web site establish that the product is a drug because it is intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. The marketing of this product with these claims violates the Act.
Examples of some of the claims observed on your web site include:
"[D]iabetes product that will Lower your blood sugar. . .."
"Lower Cholesterol Levels"
"Lower Blood Glucose Levels"
"Reduced risk of Heart Disease and Stroke"
"One of the major active ingredients in Carbotone is Glucosol™ . . . .It has been used for centuries . . .for high blood-sugar control, to heal mouth ulcers . . . ."
"A clinical study . . .concluded, "the average blood glucose level dropped 31.9% with a 32 mg glucosol dose per day after 30 days."
"Reported Benefits from Glucosol study: Lowering blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetics"
"Another major active ingredient in Carbotone is Food Matrix Chromium . . . When Chromium is supplemented in the form of GTF and it is active in the human body, it will produce the following results : Controls blood glucose . . ., Reduces arteriosclerosis, increases resistance to infection . . . ."
Your product "Carbotone" is also misbranded within the meaning of section 502(f)(1) of the Act, in that the labeling for this drug fails to bear adequate directions for use [21 U.S.C. § 352(f)(1)].
The above violations are not meant to be an all-inclusive list of deficiencies in your products and their labeling . When reviewing your website, we noticed that you promoted other products for disease treatment and/or prevention. It is your responsibility to ensure that products marketed by your firm comply with the Act and its implementing regulations. We urge you to review your website, product labels, and other labeling and promotional materials for your products to ensure that the claims you make for your products do not cause them to violate the Act.
Failure to promptly correct the violations specified above may result in enforcement action without further notice. Enforcement action may include seizure of violative products and/or injunction against the manufacturers and distributors of violative products.
Please advise this office in writing, within 15 working days of receipt of this letter, as to the specific steps you have taken or will be taking to correct these violations, including the steps taken to assure that similar violations do not recur. Include any documentation necessary to show that correction has been achieved. If you cannot complete all corrections before you respond, we expect that you will explain the reason for your delay and state when you will correct any remaining deviations.
Your reply should be addressed to Kristen Moe, Compliance Officer, Food and Drug Administration, Division of Compliance and Enforcement, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, Maryland 20740-3835. If you prefer to respond electronically, send your e- mail to kristen.moe@FDA.HHS.GOV. If you have any questions concerning this letter, please contact Ms. Moe at 301-436-2064.
Joseph R. Baca
Office of Compliance
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition