PARMA, Ohio (AP) - U.S. marshals confiscated about 63,000 bottles of a dietary supplement from a warehouse in this Cleveland suburb after the government charged that it was being marketed with deceptive claims.
The Federal Trade Commission has accused a California company of false advertising for saying the supplement Seasilver treats or cures 650 diseases, including AIDS and cancer; causes permanent weight loss; and enables diabetics to stop their insulin medications.
"What we're really concerned about is that they may be encouraging people that there may be health benefits that allow them to stop taking lifesaving medications," said FTC senior attorney David Newman.
The supplement was seized Wednesday after the Food and Drug Administration filed a complaint in U.S. District Court.
The FTC filed similar complaints in California and Nevada earlier this month and federal marshals seized 132,000 bottles of the supplement from a distribution center in San Diego.
The FTC said the Carlsbad, Calif.-based companies, Americaloe Inc. and Seasilver USA Inc., promoted the supplement with national television and radio infomercials, Web sites, spam e-mails and a 28-page brochure.
Seasilver sells its flagship products in 32-ounce bottles for $39.95, meaning Wednesday's confiscation of nearly 16,000 gallons was worth about $2.5 million.