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Posted February 6, 2015

POM Wonderful Claims Were Deceptive, Court Rules

On January 30, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that an appeals court has upheld the Commission's ruling that marketers for POM Wonderful made deceptive health claims about the product. However, the appeals court decision will require the makers of POM Wonderful to support certain health claims with one randomized, well-controlled human clinical trial, rather than two, as recommended by the FTC.

POM Wonderful and POMx pills contain pomegranate juice, a source of vitamin C, polyphenols, and small amounts of other nutrients.

In 2010, the FTC charged that claims POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice and POMx supplements could treat conditions such as heart disease, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction were not supported by sufficient scientific evidence. In 2013, the FTC announced it would uphold a judge's decision that the claims were deceptive, and prohibited the company from making such statements unless supported by two randomized well-controlled human clinical trials.

The appeals court agreed that the claims were deceptive, but will require just one clinical trial for certain claims.

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To read the FTC's press release, use the link below.