McLean, VA – October 25, 2023 – The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) of BBB National Programs has referred direct selling company Sweet Minerals, LLC to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office for possible enforcement action. The referral comes after Sweet Minerals failed to respond to a DSSRC inquiry into earnings and product performance claims made on social media by its salesforce members.
DSSRC is an independent national advertising self-regulation program that monitors advertising and marketing claims in the direct selling industry. Sweet Minerals is a direct selling company that markets makeup, personal care, skincare, and cosmetics products.
The earnings and product performance claims at issue in this case include, but are not limited to:
Product Performance Claims
DSSRC determined that these posts expressly and inaccurately claim that Sweet Minerals salesforce members can earn full-time and/or unlimited income, receive free trips, and that Sweet Minerals’ products can effectively treat serious skin conditions.
After multiple attempts, Sweet Minerals has failed to respond to DSSRC’s inquiry to provide substantiation for the challenged claims, including competent and reliable scientific evidence to support the health-related product performance claims. Pursuant to DSSRC Policies and Procedures, Sweet Minerals has now been referred to the FTC and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office for possible enforcement action.
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About the Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council: The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC), a division of BBB National Programs, provides independent, impartial monitoring, dispute resolution, and enforcement of false product claims and income representations made by direct selling companies and their salesforce members across digital platforms. The DSSRC seeks to establish high standards of integrity and business ethics for all direct selling companies in the marketplace.
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