TINA.org investigated Young Living Essential Oils, a Utah-based multilevel marketing company that sells and markets essential oils, and found that it used unsubstantiated health and disease-treatment claims to market its products, as well as atypical income representations to recruit distributors.
- Notified company of findings
- Filed complaint with DSSRC
- DSSRC issued report finding that company engaged in deceptive marketing
March 21, 2022: Prompted by TINA.org’s February 2022 complaint, the DSSRC issues a second case decision finding that Young Living removed the video at issue.
February 7, 2022: TINA.org files a supplemental complaint with the DSSRC notifying it of a Young Living distributor making claims that the company’s essential oils and supplements can prevent, treat and mitigate the symptoms of COVID-19.
February 20, 2020: The DSSRC issues a decision stating that Young Living distributors have been making unsubstantiated health claims to sell products and recommends that the company cease using such claims.
June 3, 2019: TINA.org files a complaint with the DSSRC urging it to investigate Young Living’s unsubstantiated health claims and take action.
December 18, 2017: TINA.org sends a letter to Young Living (as part of TINA.org’s 2017 investigation into all DSA-member companies) informing it of TINA.org’s findings that the company is making false and unsubstantiated income claims to promote its business opportunity.
November 22, 2016: TINA.org sends a letter to Young Living (as part of its 2016 investigation into all DSA-member companies selling nutritional supplements) informing it of TINA.org’s findings that the company is making inappropriate health claims about its products.
September 22, 2014: The FDA sends a warning letter to Young Living for, among other things, marketing its products as unapproved drugs.
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