A Hawaiian fruit leather manufacturer has been put on notice by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after they determined the company falsely labelled and advertised their products. FDA inspectors contend the claims on the company’s product labels, brochures and website establish that they are actually drugs.
The company claims that their fruit leather products help maintain and support healthy cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure levels. In addition they claim it alleviates pain and inflammation. They also assert the products help combat common infections and lower the risk of chronic diseases which provide evidence that their products are intended for use as drugs in humans.
Below is a list of some of the products the FDA recently issued a warning against:
- Hawaiian Organic Noni Fruit Leather
- Hawaiian Organic Noni Banana Fruit Leather
- Hawaiian Organic Noni Lavender Lotion
- Hawaiian Organic Noni BioBandage
- Pet Noni Fruit Leather
- Pets Noni Lavender Lotion
- Pets Noni BioBandage products
The Food and Drug Administration uses the drug designation for products that are “intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in humans or other animals.” A company that sells or distributes products for such uses may be in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
If you have purchased any of these products you may have a claim for false advertising. Please contact Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson and Garber to discuss your legal options.