Posted: Mar 2, 2012 12:08 AM
Updated: Mar 2, 2012 7:49 AM
WESLACO - CHANNEL 5 NEWS has uncovered more information about Organo Gold, which claims to be a "healthier coffee." The Federal Trade Commission, which was created to protect consumers from harmful business practices, has a file on Organo Gold.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS got copies of dozens of complaints dating back to October 2010. Consumers from Texas, Florida, California, Colorado, Illinois, Mississippi and New Mexico complained. Some of the documents we requested were withheld because "information obtained by the Commission in a law enforcement investigation is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act."
A bulk of the complaints CHANNEL 5 NEWS did obtain are against Organo Gold and its multilevel marketing plan. Some complained about getting phone calls from the company. The complaints submitted are posted below the article. The FTC warns not all of them have necessarily been verified yet.
The FTC is just one of the federal agencies looking into Organo Gold. The Food and Drug Administration investigated Organo Gold's CEO in 2004. He was issued a warning that his company was breaking the law by making medical claims that could not be verified.
The FDA does not vouch for the safety or effectiveness of Organo Gold.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture also has an open case against Organo Gold. They issued a civil penalty against the company in 2010.
Attorney generals in Texas, Florida and Mississippi have received complaints against the company. You should consult your doctor before you take any medication or supplement.