Consumers who may have fallen for false advertising on Dannon brand probiotic yogurt could get a refund of as much as $100 following a class-action lawsuit settlement.
$35 million is being set aside to reimburse consumers for purchases of Activia and DanActive products. Depending on how much you bought, submitting a claim form could mean up to a $100 refund. The claim forms will be available once the settlement is approved by a U.S. District Court.
French parent company Groupe Danone previously suggested on labels for its Dannon Activia and DanActive products that certain probiotic ingredients provide a health benefit beyond basic nutrition, promoting a healthy digestive tract and immune system.
However, a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court last year cited scientific studies that found that no conclusive evidence has proven that probiotic bacteria is beneficial to adults. The company had been charging about 30% more for its Activia and DanActive products compared to its other products, the suit also noted.
Dannon still says its products provide health benefits, and the “essence” of their claims has been “substantiated by years of scientific research,” but it agreed to change the labeling of its products.
Instead of saying it will have "a positive effect on your digestive tract's immune system" packages will say the yogurt will "interact with your digestive tract's immune system," The Los Angeles Times reports. Additionally, they’ll remove the word “immunity” from packages and make the names of its probiotic cultures more visible.