In an April 12, 2004 press release Lifeline Nutraceuticals issued a press release about enlisting Chemins as the manufacturer of Protandim CF (what is known as Protandim today):
"Lifeline has established a key partnership in order to expedite the production and delivery of Protandim CF.
Lifeline has enlisted The Chemins Company (Chemins) of Colorado Springs, CO to produce the product under a contract manufacturing agreement. Chemins was founded in 1974 by James Cameron, an industry visionary determined to bring high-quality nutritional products to consumers. The 200-employee work-force operates in a 300,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility producing specialty formulas for a wide range of dietary supplements. Chemins was chosen because of its unparalleled formulary expertise, dedication to quality assurance, and high-volume manufacturing capabilities."
It is worth noting that the company was chosen due to its "dedication to quality assurance." More likely it was due was to the geographic location of Lifeline's home base in Colorado.
Chemins' "Dedication to Quality"
"The back story, in a nutshell, is that in the late 90s Chemins manufactured a supplement product (Formula One) that was falsely claimed to be 'all natural' when in fact Chemins was secretly (and illegally) spiking the products with ephedrine and caffeine. The product was linked to several cases of death and injury.
James Cameron, CEO and founder of Chemins, obstructed a followup criminal investigation by the FDA, falsified records, lied, and had employees hide the illicit ingredients to avoid prosecution. The scam eventually got busted when some meth dealers were caught transporting barrels full of ephedrine (which is an ingredient that is also to manufacture methamphetamine) that were obtained from Chemins.
The final outcome is that in 2000, Cameron was convicted of fraud, sentenced to serve 21 months in prison, and fined $2.3 (one FDA source said that it was $4.7 million). Not long after Cameron’s sentence was complete, LFVN announced that Chemins would be the manufacturer of Protandim.
So instead of [LifeVantage] developing their original much ballyhooed peptide formulation from Ceremedix, they turned around and used Myhill’s recipe for the mundane version of Protandim as we now know it (containing common ingredients found in most household cupboards, such as tea and turmeric), and, amazingly, selected Chemins, as the manufacturer -- a disgraced and disreputable company whose CEO (a blatant liar and felon) added prohibited ingredients to the supplements his company manufactured, was responsible for the death and injury of consumers, and was convicted of fraud and sent to jail."
If LifeVantage considers such history a sign of "dedication to quality assurance" one can only imagine the standards they hold for their own company.
Originally posted 2011-05-21 19:12:02.This post involves:
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