More than 470,000 consumers who bought the powder weight-loss supplement Sensa will receive a total of $26 million in refunds, the Federal Trade Commission said.
The FTC is mailing 477,083 checks that will average about $54 each to consumers who bought Sensa, which the agency said made false claims that consumers could “sprinkle, eat and lose weight.”
The agency settled with California-based Sensa Products, its parent company and two individuals whom the agency claims “deceptively advertised” that the $59 powder enhances the smell and taste of food to make users feel full faster, eat less and lose weight without changing diet or exercise.
The FTC also charged that the defendants did not disclose the fact that some consumers were compensated for their endorsements of Sensa. In some instances, compensation included payments of $1,000 or $5,000 and trips to Los Angeles.