FDA issues warning letter to Lifeway Foods

By Reuters
Posted March 8 at 3:41 p.m.

US health regulators issued a warning letter to Morton Grove-based health food products manufacturer Lifeway Foods, saying certain products of the company were wrongly marketed as drugs on its website.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said certain products such as Lifeway Kefir, Lifeway ProBoost, BioKefir Blackberry and ProBugs Goo-Berry Pie are promoted for conditions that cause the product to be drugs under Section 201(g)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

The marketing of these products with claims to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat or prevent the disease violates the Act, the FDA said.

“Your products as noted above are not generally recognized as safe and effective,” the FDA said referring to the company’s claims in its website.

Shares of Lifeway Foods were trading up 3 percent at $8.82 on Tuesday on Nasdaq.

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  1. Judy T March 8 at 7:14 pm

    Time for the FDA to be more concerned with the artificial drugs marketed by major corporations, frequently illegally marketed for off label uses, and to leave the health food industry alone. This is a waste of my tax dollars.

  2. rwilymz March 9 at 7:27 a.m.

    Interesting … Judy. The FDA is great when it interferes with everyone else, but not when it interferes with you.

    Why don’t we cut to the chase and just say the FDA is interfering excessively [and expensively], and let people be free to take their chances the way they always have and continue to.

    $500B to address a “problem” that affects 3,000 Americans each year and causes up to ten deaths on average – according to statements made by the head of HHS citing CDC stats. Half a trillion.

  3. RoseAnne March 9 at 2:37 pm

    why does the FDA not care that Kellogg and the rest of their ilk are selling products as containing blueberries – clearly trading on consumers awareness that blueberries are lots of antioxidents – and there are no blueberries in the package? Only “blueberry bits” which aren’t pieces of blueberries, but made with artificial colors, artificial flavors, HFCS and good old shortening.

    Food deception is rampant, and it feeds on consumers perception of healthful foods. At least these guys were honest about what is in the package.

  4. kim March 10 at 2:44 pm

    I am a dietitian who is passionate about teaching others the power of nutrition to heal…I am frustrated with the way the FDA wastes time and money to suppress the TRUTH in labeling and in product ingredients. Let it be said HOW the food was cultivated, what the animal was fed, and what is in our food- LET US DECIDE!