Sports nutrition growth spoiled by ‘wrong and immoral’ marketing

Posted 28 June 2017

Readers will be aware of the number of ASA rulings against USN and Biogen products making claims of being able to “boost testosterone”. Readers will also be aware of USN laying a charge of defamation against Dr Harris Steinman, who pointed out, among other, the falseness of these claims.

In this article titled “Sports nutrition growth spoiled by ‘wrong and immoral’ marketing” published in, the following points are made:

[quote]Speaking to Nutralngredients, Graeme Close, professor of sports nutrition, John Moores University, said: “There are some great companies out there who understand the rules and regulations and abide by them and do give some good information out.” But the said the industry was being undermined by “the smaller brands or the less reputable ones trying to bring something what they think is unique and new to market”.

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USN 19-Testo Mass – ASA ruling

Posted 28 July 2014

In USN 19-Testo Mass / H Steinman / 2014-700F (17 April 2014) the Directorate accepted USN’s voluntary undertaking to remove the offending claims from its marketing material, including its website, until the product was approved and registered by the Medicines Control Council. The undertaking was accepted on condition that the claims in question were not used again in future in their current format, or at least not until approved and registered by the MCC. A new complaint was laid arguing that similar claims were still being made.

The ASA concluded that comparing the original material complained of with that currently under scrutiny, it cannot be denied that material changes have been made. In fact, the website advertising complained of by the complainant does not contain offending claims that were dealt with in the original ruling.

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USN 19 TESTO MASS – ASA ruling

Posted 07 May 2014

USN claimed that this product is an “Ergogenic aid” and “Testo Booster”. A complaint was laid claiming that these claims are not justified and cannot be proved to be true.

USN responded by saying that the claims would be removed from the website and the product.

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