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Markey may have exaggerated claims about Herbalife

WASHINGTON — Some of the most compelling details cited by Senator Edward J. Markey in his recent demand for a federal investigation into the Herbalife supplement sales company came from two unnamed Massachusetts residents, including the allegation that one family had “reported that it lost $130,000, including its entire 401(k).”

The stories formed the emotional backbone of Markey’s assertion “that Herbalife’s business practices may be having a negative impact on my constituents” in a letter demanding a Federal Trade Commission investigation.

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