Warning Letter Serves as Notice to Tradeshow Exhibitors

Baltimore, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told Almased USA of St. Petersburg, FL that it was using illegal language in the marketing of its Almased product.

FDA said it found problematic verbiage in several places, including a booklet it acquired at the 2011 Natural Products Expo East tradeshow, held here last fall. The literature suggested the product lowers blood sugar and fights high blood pressure.

Also, on various parts of its Web site, the product was said to “help people with diabetes.” States FDA, “Furthermore, these claims are supplemented by the metatags you use to bring consumers to your website. These metatags include ‘blood sugar level control’, ‘regulate blood sugar’, ‘help to regulate blood sugar levels’ and ‘avoid insulin spikes.’”

The agency asked the company to promptly correct its violations.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, March 2012