National Consumers League

Statement on NCL v. Gerber Products Co.

August 27, 2015

Contact: Cindy Hoang, National Consumers League, cindyh@nclnet.org or (202) 207-2832

Washington, DC--On December 24, 2015, the National Consumers League filed a complaint in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia alleging that Gerber, through misrepresentations, omissions, and false innuendo, violated seven subsections of the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Procedures Act (“DCCPPA”). Specifically, NCL alleges that Gerber sold its Good Start Gentle® formula, an infant formula that is made with partially hydrolyzed whey proteins, will prevent or reduce the infants’ risk of developing allergies.  However, NCL alleges that such representations are not only false and in violation of District of Columbia law, but misbranded under the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act. The NCL is pleased to report that on August 8, 2015, the Superior Court denied Gerber’s motion to dismiss and the case can now proceed on to the merits.

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