As a consultant, what can I say about a MLM company’s nutritional/dietary supplement products?

As a general matter, MLM companies will be very specific about what distributors can and cannot say about the company’s products. Usually, this information will appear in the company’s literature. MLM companies can find themselves in serious mess with state officials, the FTC, the FDA, and other government agencies if unauthorized product claims are being made by consultants.

In 1994, The Dietary Supplement Act enabled MLM companies and their distributors to amplify their statements on the benefits of dietary supplements. Under the 1994 Dietary Supplement Act, third-party literature and/or scientific studies, which are generic in nature, are allowed to be passed out to the public.

MLM companies that have specific data to backup their statements may make claims about ingredients in their products when the claims relate specifically to their impact on the structure and function of the human body, as opposed to medical therapeutic claims. For instance, under The Dietary Supplement Act, a direct sales company may comment that vitamin C is beneficial to connective tissue. Keep in mind, however, that this is not the same thing as claiming that a particular nutrient in a product will treat or cure a connective tissue disease.

For more information about earnings claims and unauthorized product claims, please visit the following links:

The FDA and Health Claims Article

Earnings Claims and Consumer Protection Laws Video

The Difference Between MLM Earnings Calculators and Earnings Claims Video

FDA Notification for Permissible Structure/Function Claims for Dietary Supplements

New Video: Earnings Claims and Consumer Protection Laws

MLM Company and Distributor Training on the Direct Selling Industry

Why do companies restrict the type of advertising carried on by their distributors?

FDA Health Claims: The Final Rules Article

FDA: New Health Claim Rules:

Choosing the Right Product for Your Direct Selling Company

Distributor Training – Two Common Questions

MLM and the FDA

MLM’s History with the Government

New Video – Unauthorized Medical Claims and FDA Issues

FDA to Issue Revised NDI Guidance – Nutraceuticals World Reports

Nutritional Supplements, Health Claims and MLM

MLM Attorney – How a MLM Lawyer Can Help Your Direct Selling Business

FDA to Issue Revised NDI Guidance – Nutraceuticals World Reports

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