Airborne Health Inc. has agreed to pay $7 million to settle investigations by 32 state Attorneys General and the District of Columbia over the past marketing and labeling of its products. Previously Airborne settled two matters involving similar claims. The privately-held company makes popular dietary supplements with vitamins, minerals and herbs that it says help support the immune system. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal had this to say:
We’re putting the dietary supplement industry on notice — snake oil sales pitches will no longer be given free reign. Our strong coalition of states will continue to investigate and pursue companies that make false claims about dietary supplements and other products.
The agreement will not impact Airborne’s products. According to Attorney General Blumenthal, Airborne agreed to certain prohibitions against making claims over the benefits of its products. The company also may not control where a retailer puts its products in stores. Airborne also agreed not to market a product with directions that would result in a person ingesting 15,000 International Units of Vitamin A or more per day. Airborne had previously reached a $23.5 million settlement of a class action lawsuit and a $6.5 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The company said the FTC settlement funds would be paid only if the class action settlement does not cover all consumer claims that were submitted by September 18, 2008
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