Protecting Consumers from False and Deceptive Advertising of Weight-Loss Products

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance will hold a hearing on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. titled, “Protecting Consumers from False and Deceptive Advertising of Weight-Loss Products,” chaired by Consumer Protection Subcommittee chair Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). The Subcommittee hearing will examine the deceptive advertising and marketing practices of weight-loss products and their effects on American consumers, including actions by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to crack down on such deceptive practices. The hearing will also examine the role private industry plays in complementing the FTC's enforcement efforts to safeguard consumer wallets and health.

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website. Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.

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  • Ms. Mary Koelbel Engle

    Associate Director, Division of Advertising Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Dr. Mehmet C. Oz

    Chairman and Professor of Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
    Host, The Dr. Oz Show
  • Dr. C. Lee Peeler

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Advertising Self-Regulatory Council
    Executive Vice President, Council of Better Business Bureaus
    Download Testimony (575.04 KB)
  • Mr. Steven M. Mister

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Council for Responsible Nutrition
  • Mr. Robert Hatton Haralson IV

    Executive Director
    Download Testimony (892.80 KB)
  • Dr. Daniel Fabricant

    Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
    Natural Products Association