FTC issues over 10,000 checks to consumers related to children’s vitamin settlement

150px-US-FederalTradeCommission-Seal.svgThe FTC has sent out more than 10,000 checks worth over $425,000 to consumers who purchased Disney- or Marvel-themed vitamins as part of a settlement with vitamin marketers over charges that they made false health claims about the products.

Funds will be returned to consumers, up to 100 percent of what they paid and up to $125 per household, for vitamins bought between May 2008 and September 2010. Consumers who receive checks have 60 days to cash them.

Major retailers like Walgreens, CVS, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Kmart, Target, Meijer and Rite Aid sold the vitamins, which were also available online.

In 2010, the FTC reached a settlement that required NBTY and its two subsidiaries to stop making false and unproven claims that their vitamins promote healthy brain and eye development in children.

The FTC charged NBTY, NatureSmart and Rexall Sundown with making deceptive claims about the amount of Omega-3 fatty acid and DHA in their children’s vitamin gummies and tablets, as well as the effect of that amount on eye and brain development.

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