Unsupported Claims Force Pittsburgh Weight Loss Company into $2 Million Settlement

A Pennsylvania weight-loss company is paying $2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission claims that its product doesn't have scientific evidence to support it.

The federal court settlement by Cranberry-based NutriMost LLC was filed Thursday in Pittsburgh.

The company says it disagrees with the FTC, but worked out the agreement while it develops the scientific evidence the government wants.

NutriMost says it's "in negotiations with a contract research organization to perform a randomized double blind placebo controlled study that will support future program claims.''

The company sells its system for $1,895, which claims to use "breakthrough technology'' to burn 20 to 40 pounds in 40 days.

But the FTC says the system requires customers to follow a 500-calorie daily diet, instead of 2,000 or more calories most people need.

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