It’s becoming obvious to all that I am an irritating pedant who scours advertising for misleading claims, silly nonsense and outright lies. I do not, however, complain to the authorities unless I feel there is a good reason to do so.
In order to prove this point, here are some things I have chosen to ignore… Continue reading
There were only six adjudications listed on the ASA website this week and the only one relating to health was yet another example of opticians complaining about each other. I am so bored with this that I can’t even be bothered to link to the other seemingly countless examples recently encountered. To any reader less disinterested than I, they aren’t hard to find.
Of the sixty informally resolved cases, seven were in the Health and Beauty sector: Continue reading
It was no surprise to read on Wikipedia that Ray Davies of the Kinks admitted David Watts is a real person (a concert promoter in Rutland). I expect Paul Weller had a similar individual in mind when he suggested The Jam cover the song – despite the fact he didn’t want to sing it himself.
We all know a David Watts. That someone who is insufferably good at everything and a success in all they do. Continue reading
All four of this week’s adjudications related to misleading health claims (and judging from the list of informally resolved complaints, I predict a handful of those did too). Continue reading
I’ve just had a response from the MHRA’s Advertising Complaints department to last week’s Fishbarrelling of UK Colloidal Silver and Beechcroft Retreats.
I was told that colloidal silver is a not a medicine (but is in fact a food) and that I should forward my complaints to Trading Standards.
I am not convinced that this is the case and outlined my thoughts in the following email: Continue reading
If you put the search term ‘colloidal silver‘ into Google or eBay, you will find lots of retailers making claims of medical efficacy about an unlicensed product. This is illegal and for that reason I have reported some of them to the MHRA.
I’m convinced there are other laws being broken too and because I’m not sure of the details, I have also emailed the MHRA’s enforcement group and contacted the Food Standards Agency.
Here is what I said to firstname.lastname@example.org: Continue reading
(EDIT: The UK Blood Clinic website and video have now been removed, presumably as a result of my complaints.)
I came across the UK Blood Clinic site recently and used FishBarrel to complain to the ASA and Consumer Direct. As often seems to be the case, I believe the company are making a number of misleading statements on their website. But there’s more to it than that… Continue reading