LAFEYETTE, La. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of
Justice announced Feb. 16 that Pick and Pay Inc./Cili Minerals LLC (Cili
Minerals) and its owner and CEO, Anton S. Botha, have been permanently enjoined
from distributing allegedly misbranded and unapproved drugs.
The defendants purportedly violated the federal Food, Drug
and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) when it manufactured, promoted and distributed dietary
supplements that were not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA). The supplements were intended to treat, cure or prevent a variety of
diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis and other
However, the company allegedly never submitted these products to the
FDA for approval. The products had never been found to be safe and effective
for medical use, the DOJ says.
“Consumers deserve to know that the
dietary supplements they ingest are safe and comply with the law,” said U.S. attorney Stephanie A. Finley for the Western District of
Louisiana. “When manufacturers and distributors market and distribute
misbranded and adulterated products, the Justice Department will take
affirmative steps to protect consumers. I want to thank the attorneys and
investigators who worked so hard to keep our citizens safe.”
Handling the case for the department was trial attorney
Christopher O’Connell of the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch, with
the assistance of assistant U.S. attorney Karen King of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana and Ariel Seeley of the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of General Counsel.