Several months ago when buying some cereal for the kids I came across the a box of Rice Krispies promising to boost Peter and Grace’s immune system. I thought it was funny and snapped a picture with my phone. Apparently Kellogg’s got in trouble for this.
The Kellogg Company will change immunity claims for Rice Krispies after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruled the claims misleading – but ruled out a financial penalty.Instead the agency hit the $13bn food giant with an expanded settlement order that applies to all Kellogg’s products and associated health claims, along with a stern and somewhat unusual “dissenting statement” from FTC commissioner Julie Brill, and chairman Jon Leibowitz. The letter accused Kellogg’s of irresponsibly conceiving and engaging in the multi-million dollar immunity campaign conceived last year at the very same time it was settling another misleading mental health claims conviction with the FTC.
But not enough trouble according to some people.
“What is utterly befuddling about this action is that Kellogg’s have hit the Daily Double with this – immunity and misleading claims aimed at children – and still the FTC won’t fine them just because they are Kellogg’s.”
“Here is a company that has breached a prior order [in relation to the mental health claim action] and still the FTC won’t take money from them. Even if that prior order didn’t exist the FTC has the power to disgorge a company of all of its ill-gotten gains. Kellogg’s has shown itself to be a repeat offender and it should have been punished accordingly.”
Dan Fabricant, PhD, the Natural Products Association’s vice president of scientific and global government affairs, agreed, “it was bizarre the FTC didn’t hit Kellogg’s with a fine”.
I’ve written before about using caution when believing health claims on foods. What do you think?Kellogg’s escapes FTC fine over false immunity claims [Food Navigator]