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Renaissance Health Publishing, LLC Warns the Public that ConsumerLab.com is Not Independent and Labels the 'CL Seal of Approval' a Worthless, Paid-For Advertising Gimmick
Date:1/24/2008

s ratings and sells advertising to the parent companies of the products they are currently testing or may test in the future is NOT independent, and we're not the first to recognize this farce," suggests DiGeorgia.

DiGeorgia points to the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), who, in 2005, asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate ConsumerLab.com for deceptive business practices as one such example.

CRN pointed out that in the very letter ConsumerLab.com sent to the FTC in an attempt to defend its business, ConsumerLab.com "admits to the very business practices about which we are complaining, but in a manner so oblique that only those of us who fully understand the ConsumerLab business plan will comprehend the admission," reports DiGeorgia.

Additionally, in August 2006, Marc Ullman, a New York City attorney and who also manages FYI Newsletter, which highlights legal and regulatory issues concerning the Natural Product Industry, wrote:

"Since its inception, ConsumerLab.com has succeeded in presenting itself

to the mainstream media as an impartial watchdog of the dietary

supplement industry. It has managed to accomplish this despite the

fundamentally flawed nature of its basic business plan - ConsumerLab.com

solicits money from both the industry it purports to police and the

consumers it purports to protect. (Not to mention that it is not a lab

either.)"

"ConsumerLab.com has now taken the conflict of interest one step further, and we believe has completely exposed the absurdity of its claim to independence," says Michael London, general manager of Renaissance Health Publishing, LLC.

"They're currently allowing a competitor of ours to advertise on the ConsumerLab.com website. And by allowing a link back to the competitor's Web site ConsumerLab.com is allowing this competitor-who we have been in litigation with for more than a year-to use the misleading and out-of-dat
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