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ERSP calls for Web disclosures from Urban Nutrition

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

The operator of and other Web sites should clarify that it markets weight-loss supplement MiracleBurn - featured as the "most popular" product and a "customer choice award" winner on the site - according to the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program. Urban Nutrition presented as a review forum for diet products, though a challenger argued to ERSP that the site "is premised on a deliberate intent to mislead consumers" by disguising ads as independent product reviews. The CBBB program recommended Aug. 11 that the firm disclose its material connection to the products it endorses. New York-based Urban Nutrition said it will "follow the ERSP's recommendations to reinforce several aspects of effective disclosure methods.

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