Vitafusion Folate Levels Subject of Class Action Lawsuit

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Santa Clara, CA: A proposed consumer fraud class action lawsuit has been filed against the makers of Vitafusion, alleging the multi-vitamins contain three times the amount of folate stated on the label and considered safe by the National Institutes of Health. Filed by David Chavez of Illinois, the suit claims that the amount of folate in Church & Dwight Co. Inc.'s Vitafusion multivitamin boosts the dosage above the level the National Institutes of Health has found potentially dangerous.

“This renders Vitafusion effectively worthless. Far from providing the NIH-recommended amount of folate, Vitafusion instead exposed plaintiff and members of the classes to an unsafe level of folate," the complaint states. The suit claims the company has misled consumers about its folate content.

Also known as vitamin B9, the NIH has determined that 400 micrograms of folate is the recommended daily dose, and that the “upper tolerable intake limit” is 1,000 micrograms. Doses above that level may cause health problems, including an increased risk of precancerous tumors becoming malignant. Vitamin B overdoses more generally can cause problems such as nerve toxicity and liver damage, the suit alleges.

Chavez states that Vitafusion’s label lists 400 micrograms of folacin on the vitamin label, but results from tests Chavez had done reveal the actual amount to be 1,232 micrograms, according to the suit. The mislabeling is a deliberate attempt to deceive customers about the contents of the supplement, Chavez alleges.

“Indeed, defendant surely understands that no reasonable consumer would purchase Vitafusion if it were accurately labeled as containing a dose above the UL,” the complaint alleges.

Both the labeling and marketing of Vitafusion as a “high quality” dietary supplement constitutes fraud, the complaint asserts.

“The difference between the Vitafusion promised and the Vitafusion sold is significant. The exorbitant amount of excess folate provided in the dietary supplement exposes consumers to needless and completely avoidable risks,” the suit states.

Chavez is represented by Gary M. Klinger and Ryan F. Sullivan of Kozonis Law Ltd. and Daniel R. Johnson, Adam Waskowski and Seth Yohalem of Waskowski Johnson Yohalem LLP. The case is Chavez v. Church & Dwight Co. Inc., case number 1:17-cv-01948, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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Robin tyrrell
I am a demonstrator for Advantage Sales and Marketing and I work in Walmart. I have done several demos with Vitafusion Vitamins. I was led to believe that they were excelllent vitamins for everyone and were given instructions to promote these healthy Vitamins. Apparently they are not as good as I was told. I take pride in providing people with accurate product knowledge about my products and answer any question they have. I feeI have lied to them because of what they told me to tell them and I dont think that was right. I would feel so bad if someone was hurt taking something that I said it was good for them

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I get these types of vitamins for my kids. How would I know if this caused any harm to them if they are not showing any symptoms?

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