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XACTA 3000, Inc. Of New Jersey Must Change Advertising And Packaging Of Kinoki Detox Foot Pads Under Agreement With Attorney General Hardy Myers
Company Misled Oregonians with Deceptive Advertisements that Claimed the Foot Pads Removed Heavy Metals from the Body While Sleeping.
Attorney General Hardy Myers today filed in Marion County Circuit Court a settlement agreement ending a New Jersey company's misleading claims that its product extracts heavy metals from humans during sleep. XACTA 3000, Inc. of Wayne, New Jersey marketed the product as "Kinoki Detox Foot Pads." Tests demonstrated that the pads did not provide the claimed benefits. The company admitted no violation of law in the Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC) filed with the court.
"The company's claims had no apparent competent or reliable scientific or medical support," Myers explained. "The company played on people's fears about heavy metals and other toxins to induce them to sign up for long-term supplies of products that provide no benefit to purchasers."
Under the agreement, XACTA 3000 must immediately change its advertisements. It must avoid making any deceptive statements about the foot pads and facilitate the termination of agreements under which consumers obligated themselves to continue to buy replacement pads.
Within three months of today's filing, the company must remove the word "detox" from the name of the product. The company also paid $6,500 to the DOJ Consumer Protection and Education Fund.
Oregonians wanting more information on this agreement or consumer protection in general may call the Attorney General's consumer hotline at (503) 378-4320 (Salem area only), (503) 229-5576 (Portland area only) or toll-free at 1-877-877-9392. DOJ is online at www.doj.state.or.us.
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