Federal prosecutors Tuesday announced lawsuits accusing three Southland companies of selling products containing ingredients other than those listed or dealing in products that make health or disease treatment claims unsupported by adequate scientific evidence.
In a lawsuit brought in Los Angeles federal court against Clifford Woods LLC, doing business as Vibrant Life, and operator Clifford Woods, prosecutors allege that the defendants unlawfully sold Taheebo Life Tea, Life Glow Plus, Germanium and Organic Sulfur — identified as methyl sulfonyl methane — as treatments for various diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
The U.S. Department of Justice complaint alleges that the Sylmar-based defendants’ conduct defrauded consumers through the sale of unapproved new and misbranded drugs.
Calls to both the company and Woods for comment were not immediately answered.
A separate lawsuit naming VivaCeuticals Inc., doing business as Regeneca Worldwide, and Matthew Nicosia alleges that dietary supplements sold by the Irvine-based defendants are adulterated because they are not manufactured in accordance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s current good manufacturing practice regulations.
One of the company’s dietary products, RegeneSlim Appetite Control — RegeneSlim — contains the ingredient 1, 3 dimethylamylamine — or DMAA — an unsafe food additive under the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, but does not declare DMAA as an ingredient, according to the DOJ.
In addition, the defendants market RegeneSlim to be used as a disease cure, the lasuit alleges.
The FDA has warned that DMAA is potentially dangerous to health as it can narrow blood vessels and arteries, which can cause a rise in blood pressure or other cardiovascular problems such as shortness of breath, arrhythmia, tightening in the chest, and heart attack.
Efforts to reach Nicosia or a company representative were unsuccessful.
DOJ prosecutors also announced that in a third case, an Irvine man, Sitesh Patel, 32, has been named as a defendant in an 11-count indictment against USPlabs, a Dallas firm that formerly manufactured highly popular workout and weight loss supplements.
The indictment charges USPlabs, Anaheim-based S.K. Laboratories Inc. and their operators with a variety of charges related to the sale of those products. Patel is described as the vice president of S.K. Laboratories.
A woman who answered the phone at S.K. said there would be no comment on the lawsuit.
The indictment alleges that USPlabs imported ingredients from China and then lied about the source and nature of those ingredients after it put them in its products.
— City News Service