The U.S. Food and Drug administration, or FDA, has made public its formal warning letter to Ronald McMullen and his company, Get The Tea. The letter was apparently prompted by “significant violations” of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act that agents say they uncovered during a September 2017 inspection and a later online inspection of the company’s website.
Many of the alleged violations came in the form of healing claims attached to specific products. Other non-allowed claims were made in customer testimonials. The list of products cited in the warning included:
- Allicin Advanced
- Ceylon Cinnamon
- Life Change Power Cleanse
- Life Change Tea (Super Strength and Regular Strength)
- Eighth Element
- G.I. Joy
- Wild Alaska Sockeye Omegas
- Hawthorn Berry Syrup
- PotentSea Marine Aminos
- Ocean Sleep
- Tea Tree Lavender Balm
- Wildflower West Sun Damage Serum
Get The Tea’s Life Change Super Tea, for example, promised to help people with nausea, constipation, acid reflux and indigestion. It also promised to “detoxify” parasites, bacteria and toxins:
Many of those claims were bolstered by the use of customer testimonials, which, when used to promote products, are also considered marketing spiel:
These claims, and similar claims made for other products, go beyond what FDA allows dietary supplements and herbal teas to make. And that, says the agency, makes these products “new drugs”.
The products are further misbranded, says the agency, because they are promoted for serious medical issues the average person cannot accurately self-diagnose or self-treat without a doctor’s input.
Get The Tea was also warned for the way it labeled some of its products.
Ron McMullen and Get The Tea were given the normal 15 working days to address the FDA’s concerns. As of my last check this morning it appeared that the allegedly illegal health claims had already been scrubbed from GetTheTea.com.
Categories: FDA Warning Letters