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Nivea Vital Cream

Published on August 28th, 2013 by TINA

The has upheld a complaint concerning a Nivea Vital moisturizing cream advertisement. The ad featured two women, one younger and one older, and claimed to help reduce the signs of aging. The complaint alleged that the ... Read More


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Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Published on August 20th, 2013 by TINA

Hudson Valley Foie Gras, the largest foie gras producer in the U.S., has agreed to remove the word “humane” from its advertising and website as a result of a lawsuit brought by the Animal Legal Defense ... Read More


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Marie Claire Features Content Sponsored by NFL

Published on August 16th, 2013 by TINA

The September issue of Marie Claire features a 16-page insert called “The Savvy Girl’s Guide to Football.” Like a lot of magazine content, it doesn’t look sponsored, but it is. The NFL paid to have the ... Read More


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Rebranded Drugs

Published on August 13th, 2013 by TINA

Some drugs are the same except for their names and packaging. For example: Sarafem, marketed as a treatment for Premenstrual Dysphoria Disorder, is the same drug as Prozac, marketed as a treatment for Major Depressive Disorder. ... Read More


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PETA

Published on August 7th, 2013 by TINA

That is one tough-looking toddler, but the ASA bans ad that claims eating meat increases risk of cancer. ... Read More


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Oracle

Published on August 5th, 2013 by TINA

Oracle made over-the-top claims in a series of ads comparing its line of computer products to IBM’s line. recommended in 2012 that Oracle modify its advertisements after IBM challenged the ads and Oracle was unable to ... Read More


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No VOC Claims

Published on August 1st, 2013 by TINA

Three mattress companies have settled with the FTC over claims that their mattresses do not contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs are emitted gases that may be harmful to health in high levels. According to ... Read More


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Starbucks Verismo Coffee System

Published on July 26th, 2013 by TINA

Starbucks advertised its Verismo at-home coffee system as making “coffeehouse quality lattes…” or “Lattes … made to cafe standard… ,” though presumably without acoustic folk-rock CDs and a coffee cup with “Sven” written on it after ... Read More


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Postal Jobs Scam

Published on July 18th, 2013 by TINA

The FTC has settled with a federal job scam operation and banned them from selling employment products or services. The charges were part of a crackdown on scams called Operation Lost Opportunity. According to the FTC, ... Read More


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Chobani Yogurt

Published on July 18th, 2013 by TINA

Chobani Yogurt has come under scrutiny from an activist group over its use of GMOs. Green America is criticizing the yogurt manufacturer for using dairy from GMO-fed cows while using terms like “real” and “natural” in ... Read More


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FTC Approves Changes to EnergyGuide Labels

Published on July 17th, 2013 by TINA

The has announced that EnergyGuide labels on appliances will be updated to reflect new Department of Energy testing standards. There will be new labels for refrigerators and clothes washers, and updated energy comparison information on other ... Read More


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Greens and Whole Foods Supplements

Published on July 17th, 2013 by TINA

ConsumerLab.com has published results of its quality tests of greens and whole foods powders and pills. Supplements marketed with these terms typically contain chlorophyll-containing leaves, sprouts, algae, vegetables and fruits, herbs, probiotics, and enzymes. They are popular ... Read More


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Autocare

Published on July 15th, 2013 by TINA

This official-looking notification letter claims to contain “time sensitive” information, and comes with the following warning: $2,000 fine, 5 years imprisonment, or both for any person interfering or obstructing with delivery of this letter. U.S. Mail ... Read More


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NITRAFLEX

Published on July 10th, 2013 by TINA

GAT (German-American Technologies) advertised in magazine spreads that its NITRAMIX, a caffeinated instant-drink mix, was “clinically proven to increase strength.” took issue with the claim, noting that . . . the advertiser relied in part on ... Read More


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Nest Programmable Thermostats

Published on June 21st, 2013 by TINA

Nest Labs Inc. claimed in advertisements for its Nest Programmable Thermostat that “89% of other programmable thermostats are not programmed because they are so complicated that most consumers do not bother to program them,” and that ... Read More


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Lisa Laser Products

Published on June 19th, 2013 by TINA

An FDA investigation into Lisa Laser Products for its Sphinx Laser Systems, FlexGuard, and Revolix Lasers found that these products were misbranded because they were not properly reported as medical devices. The FDA said the products ... Read More


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Ardounie Farms

Published on June 19th, 2013 by TINA

An FDA investigation into Ardounie Farms found that a baby calf offered for sale for slaughter had traces of a new animal drug, Flunixin, in its kidney. The animal was to be slaughtered for human consumption. ... Read More


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