FDA Warning Letter to Young Living
On May 13, 2015, Gary Young wrote a letter to the Young Living family to clear up some issues concerning compliance issue and the FDA regulations involved. In that letter, he highlighted two major problem areas:
- Distributors creating their own products using YL blends and singles, then presenting them as if they were manufactured by YL
- Distributors making what are termed “disease claims,” where essential oils are presented as treating or curing diseases or abnormal functions of the human body (or animals)
Both of these issues had resulted in a warning letter to Young Living from the FDA in 2014. The warning letter focused primarily on the second issue, as did Gary’s letter.
Statements that Attracted FDA Attention The majority of the trouble was caused by 8 independent distributors, and below are some extracts from the FDA letter describing some of the statements that caused concern:
“Viruses (including Ebola) are not match for Young Living Essential Oils”
“Thieves is highly anti-microbial … it could help against Ebola”
“Ebola virus cannot live in the presence of cinnamon bark (this is in Thieves) nor oregano”
“Cancer protection…According to a study . . . Myrtle inhibited prostate and breast cancer cells along with Sandalwood at very low concentrations. Sandalwood essential oil ranked number one for inhibiting growth of breast cancer at 98.1% and Myrtle was at 95.2%.”
“Oils for the Autism Spectrum! . . . Many have found a protocol of essential oils and supplements have helped ease the symptoms of autism-related issues . . .”
“One of the many #YoungLiving New Products the Freedom Sleep & Freedom Release kits. Help 4 Vets that suffer PTSD”
“Thieves oil is a blend of cinnamon, rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, and lemon oils that has been shown in university studies to obliterate bacteria and viruses, as well as mold …”
“Peppermint oil has so many more uses … asthma, autism, brain injury … Crohn’s disease … multiple sclerosis, paralysis …”
Young Living Policies and Procedures
These statements not only distressed the FDA but violated Young Living’s Policies and Procedures — specifically Section 5.3.1, product claims. This section of the P&P is shown to the right, and you might note that violation can result in having your sales organization terminated. Don’t think that Young Living doesn’t take these rules seriously!
Young Living’s 25 Hot Words
To help its distributor’s avoid violating policy, Young Living has developed a list of 25 Hot Words, shown below, which are to be avoided on all blog posts, social media posts, etc.
Additional Young Living Compliance Resources
You can also find a Spring Cleaning Checklist to help you go through all your social media, blogs, and advertising to make sure that you are in compliance with the Young Living Policies and Procedures. In addition, there is a Young Living Conduct and Education Department page on Facebook that discusses these types of issues and provides you with an opportunity to ask questions from both fellow distributors and Young Living experts.