NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Federal Trade Commission announced on Tuesday it has reached an agreement with GeneLink and its former subsidiary foru International to settle charges of deceptive advertising claims made by the companies about their personalized nutritional supplements.

The settlement, which is not yet final, would also resolve allegations that GeneLink and foru engaged in "lax information security practices," the FTC said.

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