Gerber Good Start Gentle Formula Lawsuit Filed

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Porter Ranch, CAA lawsuit has been filed against Gerber, alleging the company falsely marketed its Good Start Gentle infant formula. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of Oula Zakaria and seeks class-action status, alleges that not only did Gerber illegally market Good Start Gentle infant formula as reducing the risk of food allergies and skin problems, it also falsely represented to consumers that the product was endorsed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

According to court documents filed in relation to the lawsuit, Gerber allegedly marketed its Good Start Gentle as being the “first and only” formula that would reduce the risk of allergies in infants; would reduce the risk of infant atopic dermatitis (a skin disorder); was endorsed by the FDA to reduce the risk of allergies; and misrepresented the FDA’s term “Qualified Health Claim” to mean that the infant formula was approved by the FDA when in fact “Qualified Health Claim” means FDA approval was not given.

Gerber’s Good Start Gentle infant formula is made from partially hydrolyzed whey protein. In 2005 and 2009, Gerber reportedly petitioned the FDA to approve claims that partially hydrolyzed whey protein could reduce the risk of infant food allergies or atopic dermatitis, but the FDA rejected those health claims.

“No scientific or other evidence existed at the time linking a reduced risk of infant allergies, including atopic dermatitis (a form of eczema), to the consumption of partially hydrolyzed whey protein,” court documents allege.

Gerber allegedly sold its Good Start Gentle to consumers with misleading labeling, starting at least in 2011, despite the FDA rejecting Gerber’s claims.

“The lawsuit alleges that over the past few years, Gerber has marketed its Good Start product in a false and deceptive way,” attorney Stephen Fearon, of Squitieri & Fearon, LLP, says.
“People who bought this product would see on the label that it had been FDA-endorsed and that it reduced the risk to infants of developing skin problems. They bought it trusting those statements, but those statements were false.”

In 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Gerber, instructing the company to cease misrepresentations of its Good Start Gentle formula. Also in 2014, the Federal Trade Commission filed a suit against Gerber alleging false or misleading marketing claims linked to Good Start Gentle.

Zakaria’s lawsuit seeks class-action status on behalf of consumers who purchased Gerber’s Good Start Gentle formula. Although the lawsuit was filed in federal court in California, attorneys at Squitieri & Fearon, LLP say that Gerber’s misleading statements damaged consumers across the United States who purchased Gerber Good Start Gentle formula.

“This happened not just in California, but across the country,” Fearon says. “The same labels were used nationwide. They were misleading in California and in other states.”

Gerber has reportedly twice sought to have the lawsuit dismissed but the judge rejected Gerber’s motions, allowing the class action to proceed, and recently entered an order compelling Gerber to provide necessary documents and witness testimony. Trial is scheduled for July 2016.

The lawsuit is Oula Zakaria vs. Gerber Products Co, case number 2:15-cv-0200, in US District Court, Central District of California.

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Yes I gave my son Gerber Good start Formula in 2011. He also developed a form of eczema. We live in Georgia!

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I agree I am in florida.

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i remember giving my son this gerber gentle infant formula and he had a rash that looked excema and i remember him getting very sick he was born in may 2005 !

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