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Targeting school children in marketing campaigns for sports supplements: Is it ethical?

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Posted 31 May 2016

On 17 April 2016, the journalist, Elaine Swanepoel drew our attention in the Afrikaans Sunday newspaper, Die Rapport, to USN targeting and marketing to sport supplements to children. Bizarrely, according to the report: “Yet says Albe Geldenhuys, head of USN, to Die Rapport, that primary school children should not under any circumstances be using supplements”. The text of this article, and commentary, is reproduced here.

In the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) May 2016 newsletter, the selling of sports supplements to schoolchildren is addressed.

“SASMA considers such aggressive marketing as highly irresponsible, dangerous and somewhat unethical as the youth who are involved in the schooling system are vulnerable targets”

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USN linked to company promoting sport supplements in children

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Posted 21 April 2016

Readers of CamCheck will be aware that USN and owner, Albe Geldenhuys is suing Dr Harris Steinman for R2 million Rand for the latter calling into question the questionable actions of USN/Geldenhuys.

The journalist, Elaine Swanepoel, has drawn attention in the recent Afrikaans Sunday newspaper, Die Rapport, to USN targeting and marketing to sport supplements to children. Bizarrely, according to the report: “Yet says Albe Geldenhuys, head of USN, to Die Rapport, that primary school children should not under any circumstances be using supplements”.

SportmaxThe claim is made that “The range of products have been tested by the MCC (Medical (sic) Control Council) and are manufactured in Gauteng”. However, the MCC does NOT test products! The product, ToneMax, contains Garcinia cambogia, an ingredient never tested in children, and associated with reports of liver failure!

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Diet supplements threat to liver

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Posted 25 January 2016

From the Medical Journal Australia:

CLINICIANS have been warned to be alert to the possible role of herbal and dietary supplements in cases of hepatotoxicity in the wake of a West Australian man experiencing severe drug-induced liver injury (DILI) after taking a protein and weight loss supplement.

A case report published in the Medical Journal of Australia outlined the experience of a 26-year-old Indigenous man who presented with severe liver injury 10 weeks after taking a whey protein supplement containing green tea extract as well as a dietary supplement containing Garcinia cambogia for just 1 week. The researchers reported that the patient had no previous medical history, did not drink to excess, was not taking medications regularly, and did not smoke or use illicit substances.

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Power Report: Watchdog in chains as advertiser fights back

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Posted 17 November 2015

This article, written by Megan Power, appeared in the Sunday Times of 15 November 2015. [Permission to republish it was kindly granted by the Sunday Times.]

The article highlights the legal actions of Antagolin (MNI), Herbex, Solal and USN, against the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority), as well as against Dr Harris Steinman. Megan Power makes the accurate point: “There’s a quiet war being waged against South Africa’s advertising watchdog“. All these companies have had ASA rulings against claims for their products. See also the previous article about this.

Homemark has in the meantime persuaded the ASA to suspend all processes and procedures regarding complaints against Homemark, until the MNI appeal, or the actual court case is concluded, depending which happens first. All these companies are being represented by Saul Shoot of Fluxmans.

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USN’s defamation action: Commentary on RSG

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Posted 21 October 2015

As mentioned elsewhere on CamCheck, USN is suing Dr Harris Steinman alleging defamation. Dr Steinman will be opposing the action.

Prof George Claassen is a science journalist, science communication lecturer and teaches in the Department of Journalism at the University of Stellenbosch. He is also the author of the book Kwakke, kwinte en kwale, a book on pseudoscience and scams. He was interviewed on RSG (Radio Sonder Grense) regarding USN’s action. The interview in Afrikaans is available in this podcast.

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Supplement use might be a sign of disordered eating in men

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Posted 08 October 2015

A recent study suggests that the growing use of dietary supplements in men, driven by the need to attain an ideal body image, might signal a new kind of disordered eating. Researchers found that of 195 men who had admitted to taking legal dietary supplements, such as whey protein, creatine, or L-carnitine, over 40% had increased supplement use over time, and 22% had replaced regular meals with dietary supplements that were not meant to be used that way. Furthermore, 29% of the men actually expressed concern about their increased supplement use, 8% had been advised by their physician to cut back on supplement use, and 3% had been admitted to the hospital for kidney or liver damage associated with dietary supplements.

From Natural Medicines Integrative Medicine Newsletter

Reference:
Achiro R. Excessive Workout Supplement Use: An Emerging Eating Disorder in Men. Aug. 8, … Read the rest

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Die Burger: Aktivis gedagvaar oor aanvullers

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Posted 07 October 2015

This article on USN’s defamation suite against the consumer activist, Dr Harris Steinman, was published on the 29th September 2015 in the Afrikaans newspaper, Die Burger. Dr Steinman is defending the action. More than 40 complaints have been laid by consumers with the ASA against claims being made for USN products.

The English translation follows (thank you Google Translate!)

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USN, Herbex, Antagolin, Solal and Vigro (Nativa) go to court to block ASA

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Posted 06 October 2015

This article, below, published in Times Live, draws attention to Vigro (a Natura product) trying to prevent arbitration on whether the claims that the product can regrow hair was supported by adequate evidence. The ASA ruled against the claims, and following an appeal by Natura, was referred for arbitration to Prof Nonhlanhla Khumalo, head of the Department of Dermatology, University of Cape Town.

The article also highlights USN’s High Court Action against Dr Harris Steinman. USN alleges that Steinman had defamed them. Steinman is defending the action. More than 40 complaints have been laid against USN with the ASA.

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USN: Previous ASA rulings

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These are a list of ASA rulings against USN for claims for products that are false. In spite of these rulings, USN has continued to abuse and scam consumers. 

The rulings below include all rulings made as tabulated by the ASA and updated as of 30 September 2015. We are also reliably informed that the UK ASA have ruled against a number of USN products.

Previous ASA rulings:

  1. USN Carb Binder – ASA breach ruling – 23 April 2015
  2. USN Fat Block / HA Steinman / 20454 – 19 Nov 2014
  3. USN “Waterslim” / H A Steinman / 2014 – 685 F 14 Nov 2014
  4. USN Phedra-Cut Lipo XT – ASA Breach ruling – 02 October 2014
  5. USN Fat Block / HA Steinman / 20454 – 15 September 2014
  6. USN / Rw De Lange / 20632 (Breach ruling)  – 17 September 2014
  7. USN / 19-Testo Mass / H Steinman /
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USN defamation charge against CamCheck

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Posted 17 September 2015

Dr Harris Steinman has received a summons from the Western Cape High Court instituted by USN, and owner/founder, Albe Geldenhuys, alleging defamation.

This news was broken by GroundUp on 16 September 2015 in the following two articles:
(All links open in a new browser tab/window)

USN sues consumer activist:
http://groundup.org.za/article/usn-sues-consumer-activist_3310

The harm of quackery:
http://groundup.org.za/article/harm-quackery_3311

 

More information related to this case will be posted in due course.

These posts are relevant:

http://www.camcheck.co.za/albe-geldenhuys-of-usn/

http://www.camcheck.co.za/usn-carb-binder/

http://www.camcheck.co.za/usn-responds-to-camcheck/

“Fair comment” and defamation is discussed on this page:

http://www.camcheck.co.za/critics/#defamation

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