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Laetrile marketer in contempt

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Jason Vale, president of Christian Brothers Contracting, was convicted July21 of three counts of criminal contempt in violation of Title 18 by a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, FDA announces July 24. A November 2000 court order directed Vale to terminate sale, promotion of Laetrile (amygdalin) (1"The Tan Sheet" Nov. 20, 2000, In Brief). Vale continued to sell the product, touting it as a cure for cancer. FDA notes there is no data supporting the cancer claims and the substance breaks down into cyanide gas once inside the body...

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