Makers of Sensa Fined by FTC

Bag of moneyA common new year’s resolution is to lose weight. There are many products out there that claim to help us do so; however, the BBB would like to remind you to do your homework on these products and consult your physician before starting any weight loss regimen.

The Federal Trade Commission recently settled with the makers of Sensa and three other weight-loss product marketers on charges of deceptive advertising.  According to the FTC, Sensa’s advertising claimed that you could lose 30 pounds in six months by sprinkling the product on your food.  Sensa’s marketers claimed that the product would make you feel full faster and promised that you wouldn’t have to change your diet or exercise routines.  The FTC complaint alleges that the makers of Sensa didn’t have sufficient, scientific evidence to back up those claims as allegedly they performed or funded the studies quoted in the ads.

Under the settlement, “the defendants are barred from making weight-loss claims about dietary supplements, foods, or drugs, unless they have two adequate and well-controlled human clinical studies supporting the claims; making any other health-related claim unless it is supported by competent and reliable scientific tests, analyses, research, or studies; and misrepresenting any scientific evidence.”

Sensa has been ordered to pay $26.5 million to the FTC, which the FTC will make available to help refund consumers who purchased the product.  The details of how to get your refund have not yet been released.

To see the names of the other products that were part of this FTC operation, click here.

For more information on weight loss offers, you may wish to view the FDA’s webpage on Weight Loss Fraud.  You can view that here. As always, keep in mind, you can check out any company with your BBB by visiting our website, where you can Start With Trust®.

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Amanda is the Director of Investigations & Information Services and is a regular contributor to the consumer education blog. She is one of our go-to colleagues for answering complex consumer inquires. Amanda also manages our charity reporting program.

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