A Lafayette-based business selling elixirs online for everything from tooth decay to cancer has agreed to recall and destroy its products and retool its business to comply with federal regulations, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday.
The company, identified in court documents as Cili Minerals, is headquartered in office space on Guilbeau Road and sold treatments and dietary supplements through a website that has since been taken down.
In an injunction filed Thursday, Justice Department attorneys allege the company sold untested dietary supplements with unverified claims of treating, preventing or curing a long list of ailments, including cancer, depression, epilepsy, arthritis, tooth decay, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease and multiple sclerosis.
The company also is accused of not following federal quality control regulations when manufacturing dietary supplements.
Cili Minerals owner Anton S. Botha has made a provisional agreement to recall and destroy products the company sold and to not resume manufacturing any drugs or dietary supplements without first verifying that his company is following all federal regulations, according to a proposed consent decree that is awaiting court approval.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been wrangling with Cili Minerals since 2012 and found repeated violations during inspections over the past five years, according to information from the Justice Department.
A person who answered the phone at a number listed for the company declined comment.