The Federal Trade Commission announced Thursday that it has sent letters to 45 marketers nationwide, including five based the South Bay and Orange County, warning them to stop making unsubstantiated claims that their products and therapies can treat or prevent COVID-19.
The FTC identified the Southland companies receiving letters as:
— Holtorf Medical Group, El Segundo;
— Natural Herbal Life Inc., Manhattan Beach;
— Pacific Acupuncture,Manhattan Beach;
— Golden Road Kratom, Huntington Beach; and
— Proactive Health, Tustin.
The letters stem from the FTC’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers from coronavirus-related scams.
Several of the most recent batch of letters target “treatments,” including Chinese herbal medications, music therapy, homeopathic treatments and shields claimed to boost the immune system by protecting the wearer from electromagnetic fields, according to the FTC.
A previous round of letters were sent to sellers of vitamins, herbs, colloidal silver, teas, essential oils and other products pitched as scientifically proven coronavirus treatments or preventatives, according to the FTC.
In all, letters have been sent to nearly 100 companies and individuals, according to the commission.
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