USN PhedraCut Lipo XT recalled due to high caffeine content

Posted 18 September 2019

From NutraIngredients

Fat-burner supplement recalled due to high caffeine content

By Will Chu

12-Sep-2019 – Last updated on 11-Sep-2019 at 16:57 GMT

Belgium’s Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) is recalling a popular fat-burning supplement after checks found the product’s caffeine content to be in excess of that labelled.

Bottles of the product, Phedra Cut Lipo XT Fat Burner (60 tablets) are to be taken off the shelves of the distributor, Charleroi -based sports equipment shop Intersport Gosselies.

“The company has decided in consultation with the FASFC to remove the following product from the sale and recall it from the consumer,”​ FASFC recall notice states.

“The company asks its customers not to consume the product and to return it to the point of sale where it will be reimbursed.”

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UK ASA rules claims of USN Phedracut breach advertising code

Posted 06 August 2019

USN and owner, Albe Geldenhuys, is suing Dr Harris Steinman alleging that Steinman had defamed them. Steinman had argued that, among other, they were scamming consumers with unsubstantiated claims for products.  The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa had ruled against claimes for their products numerous times, including multiple rulings against their ‘fat-burning’ supplement which Steinman called an unsubstantiated scam.

Now the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) rules that claims made about the green tea extract contained in a weight management supplement are misleading and unsubstantiated… Read

From the UK ASA ruling:

USN (UK) provided a copy of a study on Phytofare®, which they believed supported the advertising claim. However, we understood that the study’s objective was to compare levels of different catechin profiles of Phytofare® with a generic green tea extract. Therefore, the study did not assess whether the green tea extract had the effects Read the rest

Protein World’s Carb Blocker versus USN Carb Block

Posted 22 March 2018

Protein World’s Carb Blocker contains White kidney bean extract, Garcinia cambogia and Chromium picolinate.

USN’s Carb Block contained White kidney bean extract. 

USN/Albe Geldenhuys are suing Dr Harris Steinman for R2 million alleging defamation, precipitated by Steinman stating that USN/Geldenhuys was scamming consumers by making false claims for USN Carb Blocker. Following the ASA ruling against the claims as well as the product name, USN simply changed the name of the product to USN Carb Binder and continued making essentially the same claims. USN no longer sells this product – but is still suing Steinman.

Protein World’s Carb Blocker made essentially the same claims as USN did. Now the UK ASA has ruled against these claims as well as the name of the product.


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USN linked to company promoting sport supplements in children

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!

The mere fact that this product contains Garcinia, an ingredient Read the rest

USN’s defamation action: Commentary on RSG

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

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

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

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:
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USN sues consumer activist:

The harm of quackery:


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

These posts are relevant:

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

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USN/Evox Protein supplements: what you need to know

Posted 26 August 2015

Prof Associate Professor in Nutrition at Deakin University, wrote this piece for The Conversation. Titled, Health Check: here’s what you need to know about protein supplements,  it makes the point as we have pointed out on CamCheck before, that very few individuals, even sportsmen and women, need protein supplements.

But the decision to use them is based more on slick marketing claims than anything else; protein supplements offer few real performance benefits that an athlete’s normal diet isn’t already delivering.

Continue reading at The Conversation.

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USN Carb Binder – ASA breach ruling

Posted 07 May 2015

A Breach allegation was lodged, arguing that this product is still being distributed and sold by retailers.   The ASA Directorate, however, accepted that the breach did not appear to be calculated and deliberate. Therefore any additional sanction beyond the immediate removal of the amended advertising is required at this time. USN was cautioned that the responsibility to ensure compliance with the ASA ruling lies with it.

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