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CRN President Commits to Combat Deceptive Advertising of Weight Loss Products

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The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) reacted to Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill’s grilling on Capitol Hill of Dr. Oz for not being responsible and for cheapening his show by promoting weight loss products.

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Speaking at the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance hearing “Protecting Consumers from False and Deceptive Advertising of Weight-Loss Products,” Steve Mister, president and CEO of CRN, emphasized that, in their pursuit to achieve a healthy weight, consumers deserve to receive “truthful, accurate and non-misleading information on dietary supplements and nutritional products.”

Mister said the weight loss market has both legitimate manufacturers who responsibly produce products that work and make claims for their products within the bounds of the law, and unscrupulous players who prey on consumer desperation and the insatiable desire to be thin, and will say almost anything to make a quick profit, according to a CRN news report.

Calling weight management a critical issue in the United States, Mister pointed to the fact that there are dietary supplements that can serve as helpful weight loss tools when used in combination with other healthy habits, presenting CRN’s industry-wide program with the Council of Better Business Bureaus’ National Advertising Division (NAD).

Part of the solution to deceptive advertising of weight loss products is expanding and strengthening self-policing programs among manufacturers and marketers within the industry, like the NAD initiative, said Mister, adding CRN is well equipped to continue to lead the responsible industry in such efforts.

For more information, visit www.crnusa.org.