FTC Sues Maker of Supplement Marketed for Children with Speech Disabilities

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January 9, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a federal court complaint against the maker of a dietary supplement that claims to help children with speech disabilities.

NourishLife, LLC has agreed to settle the complaint claiming that its Speak and Speak Smooth dietary supplements help children develop language skills without providing scientific evidence to back up the claim.

The company will pay a $200,000 penalty and is required to disclose any material connections to its endorsers.

Speak and Speak Smooth contain Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, and vitamins E and K, and are marketed as a clinically proven way to develop and maintain normal, healthy speech and language capacity in children, which the FTC says is false.

The company's marketing also targets parents of children with verbal apraxia, autism spectrum disorders or other developmental conditions.

The website apraxiaresearch.com is owned and operated by the company and the FTC complaint alleges that NourishLife used it to promote its products while representing it as an independent, objective resource for apraxia research. The website is no longer available.

Both the company's website and the apraxia research website included parent testimonials about the product's effectiveness without disclosing that the parents were given free products. Autism Hope Alliance chair Kristen Gonzalez endorsed the products, but does not inform potential customers that she has been receiving free products from NourishLife since 2012.