Compostable products company settles deceptive packaging claims

first_imgAttorney General, September 27, 2011 Penley Corporation, based in West Paris, Maine, has agreed to settle claims by Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell that the company violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act by misrepresenting the availability of local composting options for its Full Circle line of ‘compostable’ cutlery. The settlement requires Penley to pay $10,000 to the State of Vermont in penalties and costs, and another $10,000 to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA Vermont) to support its Harvest Health Coupon Program.Commenting on the settlement, Attorney General Sorrell said that Vermonters care about responsible disposal, including the compostability, of consumer products, and need to be able to rely on sellers’ claims about how those products may be disposed of. ‘If most Vermonters can’t compost an item in the state, then advertising the item as ‘compostable’ is deceptive,’ he said.Starting in June 2007, Penley marketed a ‘Full Circle’ line of cutlery that was capable of being composted in a professionally managed municipal or commercial facility. The Full Circle packaging bore prominent references to compostability, including the term ‘compostable!’ in sizable red type in two places, and a boxed Biodegradable Plastics Institute/US Composting Council logo next to a third, capitalized, ‘COMPOSTABLE.’In fact, there are few municipal or commercial facilities in Vermont that accept compostable cutlery, and most Vermonters have not had, and do not have, practical access to such facilities. And while the Full Circle cutlery packaging did state that municipal or commercial composting facilities ‘may not exist in your community. Check to see if they do.,’ this disclosure was printed in an almost unreadably small five-point typeface on the back of the package.It is estimated that retail sales of Full Circle cutlery in Vermont totaled between 7,920 and 13,776 boxes, for which local consumers paid a total of between $10,216 and $17,771. Penley’s settlement with the Attorney General’s Office prohibits the company from representing to the public, directly or by implication, the compostability of any products sold in or into Vermont unless (a) there are municipal or commercial facilities reasonably and practically available to a substantial majority of Vermont consumers, which facilities accept those products for composting; or (b) there is a prominent disclosure on the product packaging of the absence of such facilities that is proximate to the compostability claim and is no smaller or less visible than the claim itself.Penley’s payment to NOFA Vermont will support a program that offers matching coupons as an incentive to 3SquaresVT (formerly Food Stamp) recipients to buy healthy, farm-fresh foods at over 30 local farmers’ markets. last_img read more

Car hits center island; 1 killed

first_imgChiron Morales died of head and body injuries, a police report showed. His companion Police Staff Sergeant Elren Ismael survived the crash and was recuperating at the Ibajay District Hospital.    ILOILO City – A man was killed while a police officer was injured when the car they were riding crashed against the road’s center island in Barangay Poblacion, Nabas, Aklan. The victims were both residents of Barangay Laguinbanwa, Ibajay, Aklan.center_img According to the report, it was not immediately established what circumstance led to the accident that happened around 6:45 p.m. on Monday./PNlast_img

Valseur floors Poli at Punchestown

first_img Having looked every inch a future Gold Cup contender when completing a hat-trick over fences in the RSA Chase at last month’s Cheltenham Festival, Don Poli was the 4-9 favourite to bring his campaign to the perfect end. The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old raced lazily throughout – just as he did at Cheltenham – only this time the response was minimal when Bryan Cooper asked for maximum effort and he finished well beaten. Odds-on favourite Don Poli finished last of five runners as stable companion Valseur Lido clinched Grade One gold in the Growise Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown. Valseur Lido, third behind another Mullins stablemate in Vautour in the JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham, was a 15-2 chance off the back of a disappointing run in the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse. But stepped up to beyond three miles for the first time, Ruby Walsh’s mount travelled sweetly throughout and picked up from the final fence to beat the front-running Wounded Warrior by two and a quarter lengths. Mullins said: “It’s nice to have a nice reserve and for a team like Gigginstown to have three runners in one race. “He probably just preferred that ground better than Don Poli. It was maybe too fast for him. “I think Don Poli wants a longer trip. The Gold Cup is a fair long trip with the pace they go. “This fellow (Valseur Lido) could go anywhere also. I’ve always thought he was a fair horse. “He’s not too bad on his day. He mightn’t have the same constitution as Don Poli but he’s a nice horse to have and for Gigginstown to have.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more