LEHI, UTAH (ABC 4 UTAH) – Two letters came down from the FDA on Monday to order two Utah companies, doTerra and Young Living Essential Oils, from marketing its products as a cure for the Ebola virus.
“Young living is cooperating fully with the FDA and their inquiry into our members. We educate our members on how to share our products so that they are in compliance with the FDA,” said Chief Operating Officer of Young Living Essential Oils, Travis Ogden.
The oils are often sold by 2nd and 3rd party vendors.
“We have also proactively reached out to the individuals who have been cited in this letter to make sure all of their actions are in compliance with the FDA,” Ogden adds.
One of the ads seen from Young Living says Viruses (including Ebola) are no match for Young Living Essentials and Oil.
“Those ads that were online are from independent members outside of Young Living Corporate. They were not generated by Young Living Corporate,” says the COO.
The FDA says there are no approved treatments, cures or vaccines for Ebola.
Other vendors have made claims the oils cure cancer, Alzheimer’s, and autism to name a few.
“Here on out we are increasing our activities in respect to education to make sure that all of our members know how to properly share our products and our story so that we are in compliance,” said Odgen.
Here are full statements from both companies:
“Young Living is cooperating fully with the FDA regarding its inquiry. Young Living Members are provided specific instructions on how to promote our products to their customers. In the coming days we will be contacting all our membership to ensure that they understand how to best use our products and remain compliant with regulatory directives. We have already contacted each of the Members cited in the FDA letter to help get them into compliance.”
“Yesterday we received a letter of warning from the FDA. It addressed the way a select few of our distributors have been marketing essential oils online. Because dōTERRA’s products are natural products and are not registered with the FDA as drugs, we are restricted on the health claims that can be made for marketing purposes. We recognize essential oils have profound health benefits, but do not claim that our products cure or treat diseases including the Ebola virus.”