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GNC agrees to changes to avoid sale of unlawful products

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    A woman walked past a GNC store, in Feb. 2015, in New York.

DALLAS » Federal authorities say nutritional supplement retailer GNC Holdings has agreed to alter its practices to avoid selling unlawful dietary products.

In a statement today, the U.S. Justice Department said GNC’s efforts to ensure the legality of products on its shelves are “lacking.”

Pittsburgh-based GNC, the world’s largest dietary supplement retailer, will pay a $2.25 million fine in the agreement with the Justice Department.

Investigators found GNC allowed a misbranded supplement to be sold at its stores in 2013. Authorities say the supplement was made by a Dallas lab that illegally used products manufactured at a Chinese chemical factory.

Operators of the lab are under indictment and awaiting trial.

GNC said in a statement it has taken a leadership role in setting industry standards on quality and compliance.

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  • “GNC said in a statement it has taken a leadership role in setting industry standards on quality and compliance.”
    After getting caught. Leadership roles do not include doing things wrong.

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