Kids Vitamins Deception Leads to $2.1M Claims and Refunds

December 16th, 2010 - 12:26 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Dec 15 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The makers of children’s vitamin supplements have been order to stop making deceptive claims about their products under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The claims, such as the supplements promoting healthy eyes, and brain development has not been proven, and therefore cannot be used to sell the vitamins.

In the settlement, the companies have agreed that they will pay 2.1 million dollars in refunds to the customers who had bought the vitamins which were labeled under ‘Disney’ and ‘Marvel Heroes’.

The vitamin manufacturers, NBTY Inc, and NatureSmart LLC, along with Rexall Sundown Inc were all charged with making deceptive claims concerning the amount of Omega 3 fatty acids which were in their products, both the gummy vitamins and the tablets. They also made unsubstantiated claims that their vitamins promoted healthy brain and eye development.

These products are sold by several different stores, including Walmart, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Kmart. They are also sold online as the characters of the different Disney princesses, Winnie the Pooh, Finding Nemo, and Spiderman.

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