Weight-loss firms probed, but local link cloudy PDF Print E-mail
Written by By SUE BOTSFORD, Staff Writer   
Tuesday, January 05, 1999

PLATTSBURGH — Two companies offering weight-loss products — one linked to Plattsburgh — are being investigated by the Iowa Attorney General's Office.

The office's Consumer Protection Division is demanding that Danmark Inc. of Topsham, Maine, and Svelt-Tech/100 of Plattsburgh answer questions and substantiate their advertising claims.

Assistant Attorney General Kathleen Lawliss, based in Plattsburgh, said her office is checking into the matter but hadn't made much headway Monday.

There have been no complaints made to the Plattsburgh AG's Office.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller told the Associated Press that Svelt-Tech/100 sells "crash-loss" caplets, claiming they "melt down fat like hot water melts down ice."

Svelt-Tech/100 says the caplets work by creating a "'hypo-caloric effect' inside your body ... that turns your system into a giant fat-burning machine," Miller said.

He said Danmark claims its dietary supplement Chitosan Plus "attracts fat like a magnet, absorbs it and passes it right through the body" and the product promotes weight-loss without diets or exercise.

"In the past, we have obtained court orders stopping some of the most questionable ads, but consumers need to be smart about weight loss, too," Miller said.

"True and lasting weight loss rarely, if ever, is found in a capsule or pill. There are no magic bullets."

Calls from the Press-Republican to the Iowa Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division were not returned Monday.

Svelt-Tech/100 does not have a local telephone listing, nor could local advertisements be found.



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