The owner of a Middletown dietary-supplements maker is accused of making and selling adulterated products, federal authorities say.
Robert J. Trigo, 75, and his company, NatureMost of New England Inc., were indicted Sept. 6 by a New Haven grand jury on three counts of introducing adulterated dietary supplements into interstate commerce, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday.
Trigo surrendered Friday and, following arraignment, was freed on $250,000 bond, authorities said.
If convicted of the charges, he faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count. NatureMost faces a fine of up to $500,000 on each count, authorities said
According to investigators, the federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) met with Trigo on Dec. 4, 2014, to discuss NatureMost’s alleged violations of current good manufacturing practice regulations.
Trigo told the FDA, investigators said, that NatureMost had stopped producing and distributing its products, but promised to contact the agency before resuming operations.
However, the FDA claims Trigo never followed up, and, in 2017, NatureMost and Trigo fraudulently sold adulterated dietary supplements that were not prepared, packed or held in accordance with best practices.
A voice recording for a phone number listed as NatureMost Laboratories’ Middletown office indicated the firm no longer exists. A message requesting comment was not immediately returned.