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
"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
|SOURCE Renaissance Health Publishing, LLC|
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