Airborne agrees to pay $7M in multistate settlement

Consumer Reports News: December 17, 2008 02:15 PM

The maker of Airborne dietary supplements has agreed to pay $7 million to settle allegations by 32 states and the District of Columbia that it made false claims about the benefits of its products. While the company admitted no wrongdoing, under the settlement, Airborne Health Inc. will discontinue any claims about the "health benefit, performance, efficacy or safety" of its supplements in preventing and treating colds and other ailments.

Earlier this year, the company agreed to pay $30 million in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commision for false advertising claims. We've been skeptical of Airborne's claims since 2006, and have more recently advised consumers to leave over-the-counter products that are labeled homeopathic on the shelves.

Read more about remedies and misleading packages, and have a look at our recommendations for home remedies that work for coughs, sinusitis, and more.


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