Peddlers of false allergy treatment penalised by court

THE Federal Court has imposed penalties totalling $185,000 against two companies and two individuals for making false claims and misleading consumers about their ability to test for and treat allergies.

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which instigated the court action against the companies in October last year, each respondent had claimed they could diagnose, treat and/or cure allergies using the 'BioFast allergy elimination program'.

Those being assessed through the program had their muscle resistance to pressure measured while holding a vial of the potential allergen.

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