If you bought your kids Disney or Marvel Hero gummy or tablet vitamins in recent years, you may be entitled to a refund, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
The FTC is providing refunds through a $2.1 million settlement with a vitamin maker, NBTY Inc. and two subsidiaries.
The companies paid to settle charges that they made false claims about their children’s multivitamins.
The FTC had charged NBTY, NatureSmart LLC and Rexall Sundown Inc. with making deceptive claims about the amount of DHA in children’s vitamin gummies and tablets and the effect the quantity of DHA had on kids’ eye and brain development. The vitamins contained only a trace amount of DHA, according to the FTC.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid considered important in children’s brain and eye development.
The vitamins were sold through major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Meijer, CVS, Kmart and Rite Aid.
How to apply for a refund? If you believe you bought the vitamins between May 1, 2008 and Sept. 30, 2010, call 866-224-4336 and request a paper claim form in the mail. Or visit the FTC website at www.ftc.gov. The deadline to file a claim is Oct. 12, 2012.