Alba Botanica Maker Sued Over 'Reef-Friendly' Claims

By Humberto J. Rocha (October 22, 2021, 6:06 PM EDT) -- A California woman has hit the Hain Celestial Group with a proposed class action in federal court, claiming that the food and personal care product company falsely advertised some of its sunscreen products as "reef-friendly" despite containing harmful chemicals.

In a complaint filed Wednesday in the Southern District of California, Heidi Anderberg claims that a number of the company's Alba Botanica brand sunscreens contain avobenzone and octocrylene – ingredients Anderberg alleges are detrimental to both humans and sea life.

The complaint alleges that Anderberg has bought a particular brand of Alba Botanica sunscreen for the past two years but "did not...

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