Truly Organic Defines Irony With $1.76m Fraud Settlement With FTC
The Miami Beach, FL-based company has dropped the “Organic” from its name but continues to go by Truly after at least four years of marketing skin-care and bath products as “certified organic” when in fact they were neither organic nor certified, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
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