New Jersey Today reports:
Steve Bannon does not typically come across as a paragon of health, so it was probably a bad idea to use the overweight, cigar-smoking, far-right con artist to market vitamins, but the former Trump adviser was hawking a snake oil miracle pill to fight COVID until federal authorities caught up to the scam.
Bannon appeared in ads on his website offering a free sample of “The War Room Defense Pack,” a pair of zinc and Vitamin D3 tablets sold by Wellness Warrior.
Now, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), have filed a civil complaint against the makers of those ineffectual remedies that had been pushed by Bannon, along with the sales slogan, “You can’t fight if you’re sick!”
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From the Justice Department:
The defendants advertised that their vitamin D and zinc nutritional supplements could prevent or treat COVID-19 without competent or reliable scientific evidence to support their claims. Further, the defendants allegedly advertised without scientific support that their supplements were equally or more effective therapies for COVID-19 than the currently available vaccines. The complaint seeks civil penalties and injunctive relief to stop the defendants from continuing to make deceptive advertising claims.
“The defendants’ claims that their products can stand in for approved COVID-19 vaccines are particularly troubling: we need to be doing everything we can to stop bogus health claims that endanger consumers,” said Acting Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter of the FTC. “With this case, the Commission has quickly put to use its new authority to stop false marketing claims related to the pandemic.”
Tough break, Steve.https://t.co/IKogz9mXiW
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