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Recent studies have shown that use of herbal dietary supplements--chamomile, echinacea, garlic, ginkgo biloba, and ginseng--by the elderly within the United States has increased substantially. Sellers, such as retail stores, Web sites, and distributors, often claim these supplements help improve memory, circulation, and other bodily functions. GAO was asked to determine (1) whether sellers of herbal dietary supplements are using deceptive or questionable marketing practices and (2) whether selected herbal dietary supplements are contaminated with harmful substances. To conduct this investigation, GAO investigated a ...
is a global nutrition, weight-loss and skin-care company. The company was founded in 1980 and it employs around 4,000 people worldwide. Herbalife reported net sales of USD 2.3 billion in 2009 and its corporate headquarters are in Los Angeles , USA . The company distributes its products in 73 countries through a network of approximately 2.1 million independent distributors, some of whom earn profit on product sales and additional commission from a multi-level marketing (MLM) compensation structure. 1 Herbalife has faced occasional legal challenges over the safety of its products. However as of 2009, none of these has been upheld.
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The Cincinnati Beacon - Beacon “Scamazon” reports result in PR ...
Yesterday the Public Relations Society of America issued a statement in response to Beacon news reports about shill book reviews posted on Amazon.com, citing the PRSA Code of Ethics and its professional standards advisory against disingenuous online posting. According to According to Wiki , PRSA is “the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals. The organization has more than 31,000 professional and student members, and is organized into 109 chapters nationwide.” On May 25, we published “Amazon.com rave book reviews - too good to be true?”   focusing on Rachel Friedman, ... market research, surveys and trends
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Access to information and entertainment, credit and financial services, products from every corner of the world — even to your work — is greater than earlier generations could ever have imagined. Thanks to the Internet, you can order books, clothes, or appliances online; reserve a hotel room across the ocean; download music and games; check your bank balance 24 hours a day; or access your workplace from thousands of miles away. The flip-side, however, is that the Internet — and the anonymity it affords — also can give online scammers, hackers, and identity thieves access to your computer, personal ... market research, surveys and trends

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Avoiding Misleading And Deceptive Conduct In Green Marketing ...
It's an advantage these days to be seen as 'green'. Companies are desperate to capture the new green consumer market, and as a result, we are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of carbon neutral and carbon offset claims being made by businesses, and in some cases, by unscrupulous traders looking to 'greenwash' their advertising to attract consumers. As companies scramble to promote their green credentials, a number of high profile companies, both internationally and in Australia, have fallen foul of the consumer protection provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth). Background The ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
A Review of Industry Efforts to Avoid Promoting Alcohol to ...
This report responds to a recent request from the Congressional Committees on Appropriations that the FTC examine the effectiveness of the alcohol industry's voluntary guidelines for advertising and marketing to underage audiences. The report provides company-specific information, supplied in response to orders by the Commission, only in an aggregate or anonymous fashion. Underage alcohol use is a significant national concern. Last year, a third of twelfth graders reported binge drinking. Moreover, while underage alcohol use levels decreased from about 1980 to 1993, those decreases have stopped and some important markers of ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
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Bad News About Dietary Supplements
Industry spokesmen have gotten away for years with minimizing all this as just the work of a handful of bad apples. Lobbyists say responsible makers and distributors should not be burdened with more government oversight. But the problem is big enough that another GAO study last year found nearly 1,000 reports in a 10-month period of specific health problems linked to supplements, including nine deaths, 64 life-threatening illnesses and 234 hospitalizations. Nobody knows how many other incidents never got reported. In defense, an industry spokesman blamed the FDA: As FDA Deputy Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein acknowledged ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
KHI Ready For Lady In Black
Kevin Harvick Inc. had its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winning streak snapped at three races last Saturday night, but drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. and Ken Schrader think they can start another one this week. And they will try to do just that under the lights at one of NASCAR's most important and historic venues. After a five-year hiatus, the Truck Series returns to Darlington Raceway on Saturday night for what surely will be a fierce battle at the egg-shaped, 1.33-mile track. Saturday's Too Tough To Tame 200 Truck Series race will be televised live on SPEED, starting at 7 p.m. with the "NASCAR Camping World ... market trends, news research and surveys resources

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Student Loans: Avoiding Deceptive Offers
They often use direct mail marketing, telemarketing, television, radio, and online advertising to promote their products. Paying for your education is a serious long-term ... How to Spot Deceptive. Private Student Loan. Practices ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
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