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Young Living is a brand of essential oil sold by multi-level marketing company Whole Living, Inc. The oils are sold by independent distributors, who purchase them via mail-order from the Young Living Farms in Utah and Idaho.
Various medical claims are made throughout Young Living's marketing materials, extolling the virtues of their product line for the alleviation of a variety of medical symptoms.
FDA Warning Letters
Whole Living, Inc. has been the subject of a number of United States Food and Drug Administration Warning Letters for making medical claims about their oils:
- 10/31/00 - Claims made on a dietary supplement have not been approved by an authorized party.
- 12/27/00 - Statements made on Young Living Essential Oils packaging violate 21 U.S.C. 343(r)(6)
- 10/07/02 - Statements made on Young Living Essential Oils packaging violate 21 U.S.C. 343(r)(6)
- 12/07/02 - Statements made on Young Living Essential Oils packaging violate 21 U.S.C. 343(r)(6)
On August 17, 2000, an employee at then Young Living, LLC's essential oil distillation plant in Utah was struck in the head and killed by the heavy metal lid of a distillation vat when it ruptured. Following this event, OSHA conducted a full inspection of the site and cited the company for 11 violations and $8930 in fines.
- 08/30/12 - Young Living Lavender Farms, St. Maries, Idaho is cited by the EPA for violating Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR).
- 11/21/13 - Young Living Lavender Farms, St. Maries, Idaho is cited by the EPA and fined $30,000 for discharging industrial waste into the water supply.
Sellers of Young Living products are neither franchisees nor employees, but independent contractors. They may roughly 2.5% commission on sales they make personally, but are encouraged to recruit more sellers in subsequent "Generations." Each generation recruited has the potential to move the original seller to a higher commission level. There are 5 commission levels and 8 possible generations of sellers. The maximum commission level listed on their corporate website is 8%.
Young Living sellers are also required to buy-in to their sales program, purchasing a starter package, followed by subsequent product. Current starter package prices range from $40 to $150.
Lawsuit with doTerra
In August 2013, Young Living filed suit against doTerra for theft of trade secrets, alleging that the company had recreated their production process illegally. doTerra retaliated by filing suit against Young Living under the accusation that the company had illegally and inaccurately tested their products in a lab, then posted erroneous test results publicly on their website.
- ↑ http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/00/Nov00/111700/let0416.pdf
- ↑ http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/01/Jan01/010501/let0436.pdf
- ↑ http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/02/Oct02/102202/80033d6a.pdf
- ↑ http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/02/Dec02/121902/97s-0163-let0657-vol19.pdf
- ↑ https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/establishment.inspection_detail?id=303609242
- ↑ http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/ab2d81eb088f4a7e85257359003f5339/93420266c6b4ee0e85257ac9007f9e3e!OpenDocument
- ↑ http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/enforce.NSF/eb301e061a412ae388256f6a0075f547/5de66ce4a8dccb3188257c2a006213fb!OpenDocument
- ↑ https://www.youngliving.com/signup/resources/compensationPlans/compensation_plan.pdf
- ↑ https://www.youngliving.com/signup/resources/images/Enrollment_Graphic_mw_mh02.jpg
- ↑ http://www.naturalnews.com/042030_essential_oils_doterra_court_battle.html#
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