Court Case filed against GNC
Court Case filed against GNC

A court case has been filed against GNC. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has alleged that GNC violated the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act by "selling dietary supplements having dangerous ingredients".

According to the court papers, the health-and-nutrition-products retailer has sold products that either had picamilon or BMPEA. Both of them are not legally qualified as dietary ingredients. The filing includes that picamilon is not used in America, but allowed in many other nations. The World Anti-Doping Organization has banned the second component, BMPEA.

As per the claim of the attorney general, the company has sold more than 3,000 products with picamilon in Oregon between January 2013 and June 2015. In the same time period, the company has sold 500 products having BMPEA. The court case has negative effect on the stocks of the company, which tumbled by 17%.

Rosenblum said it is quite shocking to know that certain products sold by GNC have an ingredient that is not even labeled.

On the other hand, GNC has refused to accept the claims. The company said, "The claims made by the Oregon Attorney General are without merit and GNC intends to vigorously defend against these allegations".

It said after coming across the FDA statements with regard to the regulatory status of BMPEA and picamilon, the company has taken action by removing all the products having those ingredients and they were not allowed for sale.

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