Texas-based Applied Food Sciences (AFS) will pay $3.5 million to settle charges it made baseless weight-loss claims about its green coffee extract to retailers using the results of a flawed study. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in announcing the settlement, said the retailers repeated the bogus claims to consumers in marketing finished products. In its complaint, filed simultaneously, the FTC said that the clinical study cited by the company was either never conducted or suffered from flaws so severe that no reliable conclusions could be drawn from it.
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