The Texas Attorney General recently announced that it is investigating Mannatech, another multi-level marketing company scam That offers “nutritional supplements.” The company’s main products, Abrotose (formerly known as glyconutritional) is a sugar pill that the company’s representatives claim cure all sorts of illnesses, including cancer. (Someone even claimed it cured Down’s Syndrome!?!?!?!?)
The Attorney General’s office says that it anticipates filing a lawsuit against Mannatech for multiple alleged violations, including possibly violating the state’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act and other laws meant to protect consumers. The Texas Department of State Health Services has also gotten involved because of the company’s unproven claims about their products and their ability to heal many illnesses. Making such statements without the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a violation of state and federal law.
A recent story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram quotes Mannatech’s Chairman and CEO, Sam Caster, saying, “We walk the fine line of always stating our case appropriately and always training our people: We’re not into the treatment, cure or mitigation of disease. We’re into the improvement of quality of life. Now, who can benefit from good nutrition? Sick people, well people, everybody. Everybody benefits from good nutrition.”