A proposed class action claims Solimo glucosamine sulfate dietary supplements are mislabeled since the products contain no glucosamine sulfate.
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The 33-page case alleges Amazon.com and Whole Foods Market, the companies that manufacture, market and distribute the supplements, have led buyers to expect that the products are made with glucosamine sulfate as represented on their front labels and ingredient lists.
In reality, the suit claims, laboratory testing has found no glucosamine sulfate in the Solimo supplements and detected instead undisclosed, less effective ingredients, including glucosamine hydrochloride and potassium sulfate.
The complaint specifies that glucosamine, a popular dietary supplement typically used to help treat the symptoms of joint pain, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, comes in two commercially available forms: glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride. As the case tells it, the sulfate form is “clinically preferred” due to a lack of scientific evidence that its hydrochloride counterpart can perform these functions as effectively.
As such, the Mayo Clinic says that glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride are not considered “interchangeable” supplements, the suit relays.
The plaintiff, a California resident who bought a bottle of Solimo Glucosamine Sulfate 2KCl supplements, says he reasonably expected each tablet to contain 1,000mg of glucosamine sulfate potassium chloride based on the product’s label representations.
“The lab test did not simply show that there was less Glucosamine Sulfate Potassium Chloride and less Glucosamine Sulfate than the label claimed—the test showed that there was no Glucosamine Sulfate Potassium Chloride; there was no Glucosamine Sulfate in the pills that were tested,” the case emphasizes.
According to the filing, the plaintiff and other consumers would not have purchased Solimo glucosamine sulfate supplements had they known the items contained undisclosed substances rather than the ingredients represented on product labels, and were thus adulterated and misbranded under federal law.