Heart-Healthy Certification: The Price is the Right
April 19th, 2018
The American Heart Association’s heart-check mark can say a lot about the nutritional value of a food product but it’s what the AHA logo doesn’t say that has led to a number of class-action lawsuits alleging deceptive advertising in recent years. What’s missing? Disclosure that the brand paid the AHA for the right to display the heart-check mark on its label.
The AHA does not require disclosure of the payment to the group, which is an annual fee that ranges between $3,000 and $6,000 per food product based on the company’s revenue, an AHA spokesperson said.
“Fees are standard among certification marks (USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten-Free, etc.),” the spokesperson said in an email. “As a nonprofit organization, our Heart-Check Mark administration fee is designed to recover the cost of running the program.”