Moonlight Slumber, LLC, an Illinois company that advertised its baby mattresses as “organic,” has agreed to settle FTC charges that it misrepresented or could not support these and other claims to consumers.
The FTC’s administrative complaint alleged that in marketing and advertising its baby mattresses, Moonlight Slumber misrepresented a range of claims on its website and in its packaging. For example, the complaint charged the company represented that two of its lines of its mattresses are “organic.” According to the FTC, however, very little of the mattresses were made from organic material.
The proposed settlement order prohibits Moonlight Slumber from making misleading misleading representations regarding whether any mattress, blanket, pillow, pad, foam-containing product, or sleep-related product is “organic,” “natural,” or “plant-based,” among other things. The order also requires the company to have competent and reliable evidence, including scientific evidence when appropriate, to support any claims in these areas.
This is the FTC’s first case challenging “organic” product claims, and could be a signal that more are to come. Companies using this language to market or promote their products should take note and ensure that they can support any such claims.