According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the Texas Attorney General is finally going after Mannatech Inc. Named in the suit are Mannatech Inc., Manna Relief Ministries, The Fisher Institute Samuel L Caster (Chairman and CEO of Mannatech), and Reginald McDaniel (Medical Director).
The allegations include:
- Mannatech markets dietary supplements as a cure, treatment, or prevention for diseases, while knowing that marketing the supplements in this way is illegal
- Mannatech tries to distance itself from those disease-curing claims by saying that the claims are being made by unrelated third parties or by independent contractors, over whom the company has no control
The suit goes on to detail testimonials made at company events, which were clearly intended to lead people to believe that the Mannatech dietary supplements cured diseases.
Also contained in the suit is a mention of the site glycoscience.com, which supposedly provides information on glyconutrients and attempts to present “scientific studies” that would appear to legitimize Mannatech’s products. The suit says that most of the “studies” on the site are actually papers prepared by Mannatech employees or affiliates, and have not been published anywhere or peer reviewed.
The disease-treating claims made by Mannatech and its represetative are illegal. Such statements can only be made with approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction against Mannatech.