J&J Faces Suit Over Benecol Cholesterol Claims

Law360, New York (June 17, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary were hit with a putative class action in California on Tuesday accusing the companies of making false health claims about their margarinelike spread Benecol.

J&J and McNeil Nutritionals LLC market Benecol as a food that's proven to reduce cholesterol, but the plant stanol esters in it fall short of the benchmark for a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved health claim for those chemical compounds, named plaintiff Robert Reid contends in the complaint. Additionally, the spread is made with partially hydrogenated...
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