Phony Health Offerings Lead To $5 Million Fine

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A company accused of falsely advertising the health benefits of its nationally distributed Dreamfields Pasta has agreed to pay $5 million to consumers as part of a class-action settlement.

The complaint accuses Carrington, North Dakota-based Dakota Growers Pasta and its parent company of bogus claims that the product was a low-carbohydrate alternative to traditional pasta.

The plaintiffs say the pasta was more expensive than most brands and they wouldn't have shelled out the money if they knew the pitch about low carbs was false.

A federal judge in New Jersey on Friday signed a preliminary approval order for the settlement. A hearing to finalize the deal is scheduled for Sept. 24.

Dakota Growers vice president and general manager Ed Irion says he cannot comment on the case.

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