The Federal Trade Commission wants consumers of children's vitamins to know they may be due a refund because of false marketing.
A company called NBTY, Inc. and two subsidiaries will pay $2.1 million after admitting vitamins they sold had less nutritional value than advertised on the packaging. The Disney and Mavel-hero themed vitamins were advertised as containing a dose of DHA that would satisfy 100% of a child's daily requirement. But in some cases, the FTC says, that was not the case. In fact, they say the vitamins only contained minuscule amounts of DHA.
DHA is an Omega-3 fatty acid found in fish.
The packaging of the vitamins featured characters like Disney princesses, Winnie the Pooh, Nemo and Spider-Man. They were sold at major retailers and online between May 2008 and September 2010.
Consumers can file a claim on the FTC's website until October 12.