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Sports nutrition growth spoiled by ‘wrong and immoral’ marketing

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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 NutraIngredients.com, the following points are made:

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”.

He pointed to companies marketing “fat burners and

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Sports supplements sold to children

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Posted 12 May 2017

This article was published in Huisgenoot. The article tackles the serious issue of companies such as USN targeting children to sell supplements to. This deplorable issue. We addressed this issue in CamCheck on the 21st April 2016.

In this previous article, we highlighted Elaine Swanepoel’s article, published in Die Rapport, where she wrote: “Yet says Albe Geldenhuys, head of USN, to Die Rapport, that primary school children should not under any circumstances be using supplements”. Yet the Sportsmax website clearly advertises and markets to children. SportMax products include MassMax (SportMax recommended dose is only for people older than 12 years) and Vitamax (12 years).  As we noted in the original posting, the product, ToneMax, contains Garcinia cambogia, an ingredient never tested in children, and associated with reports of liver failure!

The article is reproduced below, but available in PDF format

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Garcinia Linked to Liver Damage

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Posted 28 April 2017

Garcinia is found in a number of USN and Herbex products, as well as other weight-loss products. This abstract from Natural Medicines, Integrative Medicine Newsletter of 25 April 2017, points out the risks of liver damage.

Garcinia contains the constituent hydroxycitric acid (HCA) which is purported to have a role in weight loss. Taking garcinia extract in doses providing up to 2800 mg of HCA daily has been used with apparent safety for up to 12 weeks; however, there is concern about liver damage. There are several case reports of liver toxicity in people who have taken garcinia alone or in combination with other ingredients for as little as one week. It’s unclear if garcinia is the actual cause of liver problems in these reports or if it is due to other factors.

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Court strikes blow against quackery

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Posted 17 March 2017

USN, Albe Geldenhuys and Antagolin have instituted High Court action against Dr Steinman alleging defamation for Dr Steinman having pointed out factual deficiencies in their claims for their products.

This parallels Dr Brathwaite’s action against the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society.

This article published in GroundUp, reports on the court finding in favour of the latter, i.e., dismissing Dr Brathwaite’s action. “Defamatory statements are essentially statements that damage or harm the reputation of a person. However, even if the statements are defamatory, they can still be protected speech if they are true or fair comment and in the public benefit.”

Court strikes blow against quackery

Dr Hugh Brathwaite falsely claimed that his product could prevent HIV transmission

By Safura Abdool Karim

16 March 2017

On Wednesday, Judge M A Makume of the Johannesburg High Court dismissed an application by Dr Hugh Brathwaite, a medical … Read the rest

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Muscle-building shakes don’t always have as much protein as they claim to

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Posted 10 July 2016

In a report in The Conversation, researchers elaborate on their research into whether protein supplements available in South Africa contained the level of protein indicated on the label.

The researchers report:

In our study we found a difference of up to 80% in the labelled protein content and the value determined during analysis. From the 70 products included in the study, 65 products – or 93% – fell within the regulations.

In 21 products the actual protein in the product was more than 10% less than that stated on the label, but five products over-reported protein content by more than the acceptable limit of 25%.

These five products had between 42% and 80% less protein in the tub than what they declared on their product labels.

In this study, Nutritech, BPI and Supplements SA fare extremely poorly. USN previously laid a complaint with the Read the rest

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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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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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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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