A new body-care firm has been found to be selling herbalife supplements and is selling them to European Union citizens in breach of EU laws, the European Commission has found.
The European Commission issued an alert in the wake of the case against the firm, OrganiHealth, which it said “failed to disclose its herbalife products and procedures” to consumers in a way that was in compliance with the rules.
It said Organi Health failed to inform consumers of the nature and extent of the products it was selling.
The alert follows the EU’s own investigation into Organi health, which found it “promptly failed to disclose” its herbalism products and methods to consumers.
The firm was launched in 2016 and its products include a herbal formula, body mask, and a skin care and body oil.
In the alert, the Commission said Organis Health failed “to take appropriate measures to protect consumers from the dangers associated with herbal products”.
The alert followed a formal complaint from the EU, which asked Organi Healthcare to explain why it did not disclose the nature of its products.
“If the information is not disclosed in a manner that minimises risks to consumers, consumers will not know that they are purchasing the product, and they will be less likely to trust the products to provide health benefits,” the Commission added.
The Commission said that it was “extremely concerned” by the fact that Organi was selling herbal products and that it would seek a court order to stop Organi from doing so.
The company’s chief executive, Simon Taylor, said he was “delighted” by this outcome and that he hoped to move to another business.
“We are confident that we can continue to grow and make a difference to people’s lives with Organi,” he said.
Organi Health, which has about 500 employees in Britain, is based in Bristol, the UK.
The UK and Ireland are the only countries where Organi does not sell its herbal products.
The EU has launched an investigation into the company after it was found to have failed to register itself as a body-salons.
In a statement to the BBC, the EU said it would look into Organis claims and the company was “deeply committed to working with the Commission to ensure that all of its business activities are subject to the highest standards of transparency”.
OrganiHealth has also said it is considering whether it should apply to sell its body-product business, Body Lotion, in the UK and has asked the European Parliament to “review the EU body-cosmetic legislation”.
“We hope that this decision will allow us to proceed with our business in a sustainable manner and we will continue to work with the EU to protect the rights of consumers, protect the environment and protect the natural world,” Taylor said.
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