Statement of Joseph N. Mariano on Today’s Federal Trade Commission Action

August 26, 2015

“Earlier today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced action against Vemma Nutrition Company alleging violations of federal law, which, if true, would also constitute violations of DSA’s Code of Ethics. 

“Every member of our Association, including Vemma, is required to abide by our Code as a condition of membership.  All companies which use the direct selling model must uphold the highest ethical business standards, including polices that protect consumers and members of the salesforce against unrealistic earnings, lifestyle and product claims.

“The Code’s independent administrator will be alerted to the action and will review the FTC’s allegations against Vemma.  If they are proven to have merit, the administrator may pursue punitive measures to ensure that appropriate standards of consumer protection are enforced. 

“The allegations against Vemma have yet to be proven, and the company is entitled to due process of law.  Any consumers or salespeople who have concerns regarding any DSA member, including Vemma,  should contact the Code Administrator.”

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