Senate Panel Scolds TV’s Dr. Oz Over Diet Claims

A U.S. Senate panel probing bogus diet product ads took celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz to task on Tuesday for touting weight-loss products on his syndicated television show. Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, the chairwoman of the Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection, said Oz had a role in perpetuating weight-loss fraud through his show. She added that Oz’s promotion tended to boost sales and prompted scam artists to sell questionable products using deceptive ads. Oz, the host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” said the products gave people hope to keep trying to lose weight.

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