WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Oct. 13 that Custompax Inc. of Fremont, California, and owner and chief executive officer Cedric P. Ling have been banned by a federal court in California from distributing adulterated dietary supplements.

According to allegations, the company failed to manufacture its products using guidelines for dietary supplements put forth for the sake of good manufacturing processes. The defendants’ products were purportedly manufactured without proper testing procedures for purity or strength. Additionally, the defendants allegedly failed to properly test the identities of ingredients found in their products.

“Dietary supplement manufacturers that fail to comply with basic manufacturing requirements risk the health and well-being of consumers in the United States and abroad,” said acting assistant attorney general Chad A. Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “The Department of Justice and Federal Drug Association remain vigilant against the dangers posed by such adulterated products.”

Handling the case for the department is trial attorney Gabriel H. Scannapieco of the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch, with the assistance of associate chief counsel for enforcement Tara Boland of the FDA’s Office of General Counsel and the Department of Health and Human Services.

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