BBB National Programs Decisions

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  • 9/28/2021 - DSSRC Refers Earnings and Health-Related Product Performance Claims for Q Sciences to FTC and Utah Attorney General

    McLean, VA – September 28, 2021 – The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) of BBB National Programs referred certain earnings and representative product performance claims to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Utah Attorney General’s Office for possible enforcement action after Q Sciences, a direct selling company that distributes and markets health-related and wellness products, failed to adequately respond to DSSRC’s inquiry. At issue in DSSRC’s inquiry are health-related product performance claims disseminated by salesforce members on social media implying that Q Sciences’ products can protect against several serious health-related conditions, including COVID-19.

  • 9/23/2021 - Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council Recommends RootWellness Discontinue Certain Health-Related Product Performance Claims

    McLean, VA – September 23, 2021 – The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) recommended that certain product performance claims made by Root Wellness, LLC, a direct selling company that markets and distributes health and wellness nutritional supplement products, and its salesforce be discontinued. The inquiry was commenced by DSSRC through its ongoing independent monitoring of advertising and marketing claims in the direct selling industry. The claims that were the subject of the inquiry were disseminated by Root Wellness on the company website and by salesforce members on social media. 

  • 9/15/2021 - Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council Recommends SwissJust Discontinue Certain Health-Related Product Performance and Earnings Claims

    McLean, VA – September 15, 2021 – The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) recommended that certain product performance and earnings claims made by SwissJust USA, a direct selling company that markets and distributes natural products for emotional, physical, and dermo-cosmetic well-being, and its salesforce be discontinued. Central to this inquiry was a concern that the challenged product performance claims communicated that SwissJust products can treat and protect against serious health-related conditions, including COVID-19.

  • 9/09/2021 - Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council Recommends Globallee Discontinue Certain Health-Related Product Performance and Earnings Claims

    McLean, VA – September 9, 2021 – DSSRC recommended that certain product performance and earnings claims made by Globallee, Inc., a health and wellness supplement direct selling company, and its salesforce be discontinued. Central to this inquiry was a concern that the challenged product performance claims communicated that Globallee’s Taka products and various other drinks can treat and protect against serious health-related conditions, including COVID-19, cancer, and diabetes. The inquiry was commenced by DSSRC through its ongoing independent monitoring of advertising and marketing claims in the direct selling industry.

  • 8/18/2021 - Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council Refers Earnings Claims for ByDzyne to FTC

    McLean, VA – August 18, 2021 – The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) of BBB National Programs referred certain earnings claims to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for possible enforcement action after ByDzyne, a direct selling company that sells a variety of health and wellness, technology, beauty, and travel products, failed to respond to DSSRC’s inquiry. At issue in DSSRC’s inquiry are earnings claims disseminated on the company website and by salesforce members on social media. 

  • 8/05/2021 - Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council Recommends Limbic Arc Modify and Discontinue Certain Product Performance and Earnings Claims

    McLean, VA – August 5, 2021 – The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) recommended that certain product performance and earnings claims made by Limbic Arc, a wellness-related technology product direct selling company, and its salesforce be modified or discontinued. The DSSRC inquiry was commenced through the non-profit watchdog’s ongoing independent monitoring of advertising and marketing claims in the direct selling industry. The claims that were the subject of the inquiry were disseminated by Limbic Arc and its salesforce members on social media as well as on the company website.

  • 8/03/2021 - Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council Recommends Max International Modify and Discontinue Certain Product Performance Claims

    McLean, VA – August 3, 2021 – The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) of BBB National Programs recommended that Max International, LLC, a direct selling company that markets a line of wellness products, discontinue certain health-related product claims made by Max International independent salesforce members on social media. The product claims were brought to Max International’s attention by DSSRC as part of its ongoing independent monitoring of the direct selling marketplace.

  • 7/22/2021 - Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council Recommends Mary Kay Modify and Discontinue Certain Social Media and Website Marketing Earnings Claims

    McLean, VA – July 22, 2021 – The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) recommended that Mary Kay Inc. modify or discontinue certain express and implied earnings, incentive, and lifestyle claims from social media and corporate marketing materials, including the Mary Kay website. These claims were made by Mary Kay, a company that sells skincare and cosmetic products through a variety of channels including direct sales, as well as by Mary Kay independent consultants. This inquiry, which included approximately 200 examples, was brought to DSSRC by a non-profit, non-governmental advocacy group (NGO).

  • 7/22/2021 - DSSRC Refers Earnings and Health-Related Product Performance Claims for Alliance in Motion to FTC

    McLean, VA – July 22, 2021 – The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) of BBB National Programs referred certain representative product performance and earnings claims to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for possible enforcement action after Alliance in Motion Global, a direct selling company that distributes and markets food supplements and premium blended beverages, failed to respond to DSSRC’s inquiry. At issue in DSSRC’s inquiry are earnings and health-related product performance claims disseminated on the company website and by salesforce members implying that Alliance in Motion’s products can protect against several serious health-related conditions, including COVID-19. 

  • 6/17/2021 - Zinzino Agrees to Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council Recommendation to Modify and Discontinue Certain Product Performance and Earnings Claims

    McLean, VA – June 17, 2021 – The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) announced the modification and discontinuation of certain product performance and earnings claims made by Zinzino LLC, with two other such claims awaiting final resolution by the nutritional supplements direct selling company. The DSSRC inquiry was commenced through the non-profit watchdog’s ongoing independent monitoring of advertising and marketing claims in the direct selling industry. The claims that were the subject of the inquiry were disseminated by Zinzino salesforce members on social media as well as on the Zinzino company website.