Weight-Loss Products – Hoodia

Posted 25 March 2015

Jasmine and Chris Grindlay of Slimbetti have been promoting their Hoodia Gel scam product in South Africa and simply ignoring ASA rulings. Other countries have had similar problems although in many this scam has disappeared off the market.

I have recently come across this article titled “The Controversial Advertising case: Weight-Loss Product— Hoodia” – “Marketing advertising and public policy” published December 19, 2011.

The article makes the point:

“Hoodia was one of the weight loss products that was advertised as a natural and effective remedy by Nutraceuticals International and Stella Labs. Nutraceuticals International and Stella Labs are the suppliers of the ingredient Hoodia gordonii (hoodia), and they claim that consumers are able to lose weight and suppress appetites by using hoodia, which is found in Southern Africa. However, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as a significant regulatory agency in preventing unfair methods of competition and unfair Read the rest

PGC3 Pure Garcinia Cambogia

Posted 22 November 2013

These are the faces of scam artists, Jasmine Grindlay and Chris Grindlay, the owners of Slimbetti. The ASA has repeatedly ruled against the claims for their products and issued Ad Alerts, which tells magazines and newspapers to not accept their adverts: in order to protect you, the consumer. The Grindlays show no remorse – they contact magazines and convince them that the ASA has allowed them to advertise again (personal communication with Vrouekeur), and adverts are accepted until a consumer lays a complaint again, and the ASA intervene again. Read more about these individuals and their web of deceit.


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Slimbetti scam continues, no remorse

Posted 23 September 2013

chrisgrindlayjasminegrindlay2 We have previously highlighted the scam artists, Chris and Jasmine Grindlay, the owners of Slimbetti, who continue to scam consumers.

They have also ignored ASA rulings and continue to trade knowing full well that their products have no proof of working, and in fact, in some cases, proof why the products are not likely to work.

A breach complaint was laid with the ASA for their advert placed in Finesse magazine. The ASA wrote to the Grindlay’s asking for a response, and as noted in the ruling: “. . . . the respondent advised that it had received the documentation, but had no desire to respond. It asked the Directorate not to disturb it again.

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Posts related to Slimbetti / Slender Gel / SlenderMax

Here are articles and ASA rulings against the Chris and Jasmine Grindlay

 CamCheck posts related to Slimbetti / Slender Gel / SlenderMax
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Glucoslim, Naturaslim, Thermoslim, Slimbetti

Posted 04 November 2011

An ASA ruling:
A consumer lodged consumer complaints against internet advertising for Glucoslim, Naturaslim and Thermoslim complaining about the claims made on The website explains that “Slender Max has three potent products …” and states, inter alia, as follows: “How does Thermoslim work? Thermoslim is a metabolic enhancer. With natural and clinically proven ingredients. Thermoslim is a proprietary blend of natural extracts, amino acids, vitamins and minerals designed to optimise the body’s metabolism and assist with the natural burning of fat. How does Naturaslim work? Naturaslim is a capsule based blend of Green Tea Extract and Hoodia that is designed to reduce appetite and cravings, optimise the metabolism, increase fat burning and raise the level of antioxidant Polyphenols in the body to assist in overall wellness. How does Glucoslim work? Glucoslim is a capsule based blend of Glucomannan powder derived from the Konjak root and
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Diet drug dodges ASA again

Posted 4 July 2011

An article published in The Witness on 30 Jun 2011 and related to the ongoing scam being sold by Jasmine and Christopher Grindlay of SlimBetti / Slender Max / Hoodia Slender Gel

Author: Anna-Maria Lombard

Republished with permission of the author and

A BRITISH couple who built their South African empire on discredited hoodia diet products have dodged advertising bosses yet again by launching a new “diet gel” that makes the same claims as their other products, sparking a fraud complaint.

Chris and Jasmine Grindlay’s company, Planet Hoodia, was first hauled before the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in 2008 when medicine consumer activist Dr Harris Steinman complained about the therapeutic claims made about its Hoodia Slender Gel.

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SlimBetti – same Slender Max scam artists

It is evident from you reading this posting, that you have seen an advert for this product. This suggests that these scamsters are still duping unsuspecting consumers from purchasing these products – in spite of previous ASA rulings.I will very much appreciate it if you could please let me know where you saw an advert for this product – by commenting at the end of this article (will remain anonymous if you so wish).This may help other consumers from being scammed!Sincerely,Dr Harris Steinman


A reader has brought to my attention of the release of a “new product”, SlimBetti.

In fact, the claims being made for SlimBetti Hoodia Gel, SlimBetti Thermo Advance and SlimBetti Fibreslim are very similar to those that were made for Slender Max products , and that the Advertising Standards instituted sanctions against. See the raft of ASA rulings against these Read the rest

Podgy meets dodgy (Slender Gel)

An article from the December 2010 edition of the magazine, noseweek, titled “Podgy meets dodgy”, on the Advertising Standards ruling against Slender Max / Slender Gel / Hoodia Slender Gel, and the two individuals behind this “scam” (and their home address!).

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Individuals behind Slender Max / Slender Gel

I have been asked who the individuals behind this unsubstantiated product is, the individuals who simply ignore the recent ASA ruling and continue to sell these products without any proof that the product works? Who claim that hoodia is absorbed through the skin without any proof, that hoodia results in appetite suppression (and therefore weight loss) without any proof?

They are Jasmine Grindlay – Managing Director and her husband Christopher Grindlay of Llandudno.

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