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Complaint: Wisconsin companies misbranded supplements

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Three Wisconsin companies have agreed to stop manufacturing dietary supplements after a federal complaint alleged the products were misbranded, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The agency said the complaint was filed Friday against Atrium Inc., Aspen Group Inc. and Nutri-Pak of Wisconsin Inc., along with the owners of the three Wautoma-based firms.

The complaint alleges the products did not identify the part of the plant from which the ingredients were derived, did not list the number of servings per container and failed to identify the serving size, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Supplements manufactured by the firms included Atrium brands Chole-Sterin, Di-Acid Stim, Ocu-Comp and Super-Flex; Aspen brand Flexile-Plus; and Nutri-Pak brands Glucobiotic Supreme and Ocu-Comp.

Makers of dietary supplements that do not follow U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations “put the public at risk,” Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, said in a news release.

A consent decree requires that if manufacturing of the supplements is to resume, the FDA must first determine that the companies’ manufacturing practices have come into compliance with the law.

The proposed consent decree is awaiting court approval.

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