The owner of Wellness Resources, Mary Guignon, and the company’s general manager, Ryan Richards, have been formally warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, for non-allowed medical claims concerning cancer and other medical conditions.
The official warning letter, which is dated November 30, 2017, was just made public and focuses on health claims made mainly about three ingredients used in Wellness Resources’ products.
Non-Allowed Fish Oil Claims
A few different Wellness Resources products employ fish oil, which Guignon allegedly claimed could “substantially and significantly” ease osteoarthritis, slow its progress and even prevent the condition in the first place.
Non-Allowed DHA Claims
FDA also alleges that the company claimed docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, to be a “potent” remedy against cancer. DHA is an ingredient in Wellness Resources’ DHA Daily, DHA Kids, and Leptinal supplements.
Non-Allowed Green Tea Extract Claims
Cancer claims are also made about the company’s green tea extract supplement, though this time Guignon gets specific about the type of cancer–leukemia–and claims the product slows down the disease.
FDA’s Response To Wellness Resources’ Claims
The Food and Drug Administration, naturally, is pushing back against such statements, pointing out that none of the cited products has been officially sanctioned as safe or effective for any of those conditions. And the products are further misbranded, says the agency, because they are touted for issues the average consumer cannot accurately self-diagnose or effectively self-treat.
As always, the agency reminded the company that its official warning letter to Wellness Resources was not intended to be an all-inclusive list of possible marketing problems and that it is ultimately Guignon’s and Richards’ responsibility to find and correct any other potential violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
The company was given the normal 15 working days to address the allegedly illegal health claims. As you can see from the screenshots I took at WellnessResources.com this morning, the company has not yet removed them.