Nutraceuticals International raw material supplier - Vickery Romeo Klivinyi charged by FTC for false advertising by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

In my opinion, Nutraceuticals International cannot be trusted as a source of ingredients. Nutraceuticals International is located at 11 Wallace Street Elmwood Park NJ 07407. This company is a supplier of botanical extracts, amino acids, and specialty ingredients. Some of the staff at Nutraceuticals International used to work years ago for an ingredient supply company named Stella Labs which, to the best of my knowledge, is no longer active.
   This is an email that was sent to me in June 2008: "Nutraceuticals International has bulk supplies of the highest quality concentrated botanical extracts, amino acids, and specialty ingredients."
   My experience has been different. Nutraceuticals International twice sent cheap raw materials to Physician Formulas, a company for which I consult. I explain below.

2009 - FTC charges Nutraceuticals International with false advertising
The Federal Trade Commission charged a group of Delaware-based supplement suppliers with making false and deceptive claims surrounding the sale of hoodia gordonii, or in some cases, an adulterated hoodia product. The complaint names four individuals who were employed by Nutraceuticals International or Stella Labs as being the parties liable for the charges. The individuals allegedly provided customers with documents touting the following false claims: that it would enable consumers to lose weight and suppress appetites.

The complaint names Delaware-based Nutraceuticals International, LLC, New Jersey-based Stella Labs, LLC, and four individuals as liable for these charges. The individual defendants are David J. Romeo, whom the complaint identifies as controlling both companies; and Deborah B. Vickery, Craig Payton, and Zoltan Klivinyi, who are officers or directors of one or both companies.

Federal Trade Commission, Plaintiff, v. David J. Romeo, individually, and in his capacity as an officer of Stella Labs, LLC, and Nutraceuticals International, LLC, Stella Labs, LLC, a limited liability company, Nutraceuticals International, LLC, a limited liability company, Deborah B. Vickery, individually and as an employee of Stella Labs and Nutraceuticals, V. Craig Payton, individually, and in his capacity as an officer of Stella Labs, LLC, and Zoltan Klivinyi, individually, and in his capacity as an officer of Nutraceuticals International, LLC., Defendants
(United States District Court for the District of New Jersey)

Nutraceuticals International company staff
Deborah Vickery is VP of product development (888) 541-1284. Deborah B. Vickery, became involved with Nutraceuticals International in 2007 as Director of Marketing and Product Development. She is also a partner.
Zoltan Klivinyi is managing director and partner and principle of Nutraceuticals International
Don Bosco
Sean Colgan as Western US Territory Sales Manager
Lorraine Samaan sales manager
Christine Walters, West Coast sales.

Nutraceuticals international sends cheap turmeric instead of expensive curcumin, twice!
In October of 2007 and again in January of 2008, Nutraceuticals international shipped turmeric rather than curcumin 95 percent to Physician Formulas. Turmeric costs less than 5 dollars a kilo while curcumin 95% costs about 50 dollars a kilo. I can understand a mistake being made once, but I am puzzled how this could occur twice.
   Both times Nutraceuticals international sent certificates of analysis that indicated their product was curcumin 95%. However, when the raw materials were tested, both times the HPLC test showed they were plain turmeric, not curcumin 95%. Nutraceuticals International sold Physician Formulas turmeric worth less than 5 dollars a kilo and charged about 45 dollars a kilo. As a consultant to the company that ordered these raw materials from Nutraceuticals International, all the paperwork, HPLC tests, certificates of analysis, and other records are available to prove that inferior material was shipped. The material sent by NI was tested at several independent labs that concurred the material was not curcumin but was turmeric. All records are available to show to the courts or the media. Any attempt from NI to sue me for letting the public know of these accurate facts can result in a SLAPP lawsuit. My brother is an attorney and has helped me in previous cases. See Orexis. A strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition. The plaintiff ends up paying the legal costs of the defendant which will occur in this case fi NI ever tries to stop the public from being able to see the information on this page.

In April 2008 Nutraceuticals International associates with Amruta Herbals
Nutraceuticals International LLC. and Amruta Herbals Pvt. Ltd. (AHPL), a major manufacturer of the highest quality Ayurvedic Herbal Extracts (GMP Certified / ISO 9000-2001 Certified Facility in INDORE) have announced the formation of a joint venture to promote a variety of "new" Ancient Ayurvedic Herbal Extracts for finished goods manufacturers and consumers. Zoltan Klivinyi, the principle of NI (Based in BUDAPEST) states, "Premium quality, consistency in supply, impeccable quality standards, Amruta provides us with the quality control we seek for our clients from the beginning to the end of the extraction process."

FucoPure 10% Fucoxanthin Extract from the Sea of Japan is Now Being Made exclusively for Nutraceuticals International by Amruta Herbals Pvt. Ltd.

Emails received
From Nichole De Block. Thank you for providing Nutraceuticals International LLC with the opportunity to service to you. It is our sincere hope that you are satisified with the service and products we provide you. Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year. Thank you for being our customer. We look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming year. All the best to you and your family, Nutraceuticals International, received December 2009.

Nutraceuticals International is bringing in the New Year with great new products! Contact your local sales rep for Pricing: 1-201-796-4041; 1-888-541-1284 Amaris Pagan East Coast Bi-Lingual Sales. Jamie Spell International Sales. Sean Colgan West & Mid West Sales. Christine Walters California Sales. Akkeem Harrison Mid East Sales. Baozene is a Purified Baobab Fruit Powder that is a great source of dietary fiber, straight from our partners Amruta Herbals Pvt. Ltd. Baozene (TM) has an excessive ORAC Value of 650 gm, as well as containing high levels of Potassium, and Vitamin C. Amruta has standardized the Baozene to a 70% Fiber content which is soluble in hot and cold water. Received December 2009

Sales Info:
California Sales- Christine Walters
West & Midwest Sales- Sean Colgan
MidEast Sales - Akkeem Harrison
East Coast Sales - Amaris Pagan
International Sales - Jamie Spell

Nutraceuticals International® LLC, supplier of raw ingredients, has earned kosher certification by Earth Kosher on December 30, 2009. This certification was applied to over 200 of their products including some of the top sellers such as: Bilberry, Boswellia Serrata, Goji, Green Tea, Piper Longum, Pomegranate, and Tribulus Terrestris. All necessary documents will be provided upon customer request and are valid until December 22, 2010. Contact Nutraceuticals International for more information regarding their newly kosher certified products.

Email received Feb  2010
Over 100kgs of each product - IN STOCK!!
Acai 4:1
Guarana 22%
Aloe Vera Leaf Pwd
Gymnema Sylvestre 25%
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Hibiscus Pwd
Ascorbic Acid
Bacopa Monnieri 45%
L-Arginine Base
Barley Grass
L-Carnitine Base
Bilberry PE 25%
Blueberry Pwd
Lysine Granular
Boswellia Serrata 15%
Catuaba Bark Pwd
Maca Root Pwd
Cha De Bugre 4:1
Mangosteen 10:1
Cha De Bugre 10:1
Mangosteen Pwd
Chondroitin Sulfate
MSM 40 Mesh
Cinnamon 10%
Red Tea Pwd
Citrus Aurantium 6%
Shilajit Pwd
Cranberry Juice Pwd
Tribulus 20% Sap
Creatine 80 Mesh
Tribulus 40%
Creatine Ethyl Ester
Tribulus Pwd
Creatine Mono 200
Turmeric 95%
Devils Claw Pwd
Turmeric Ground
Eleuthero Root Pwd
Valerian Root
Vitamin E 50%
Glucosamine Sulfate Potassium
Wild Yam 4:1
Grape Seed 95%
Yellow Dock
Green Tea Poly 95%
Yucca Filamentosa

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