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Interstate Bakeries Corp.; Analysis To Aid Public Comment

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Proposed Consent Agreement.

Summary

The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices or unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint that accompanies the consent agreement and the terms of the consent order—embodied in the consent agreement—that would settle these allegations.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

Comments must be received on or before April 8, 2002.

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Comments filed in paper form should be directed to: FTC/Office of the Secretary, Room 159-H, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20580. Comments filed in electronic form should be directed to: consentagreement@ftc.gov, as prescribed below.

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Mary Engle or Richard Kelly, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326-3161 or 326-3304.

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Pursuant to section 6(f) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 38 Stat. 721, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and § 2.34 of the Commission's rules of practice, 16 CFR 2.34, notice is hereby given that the above-captioned consent agreement containing a consent order to cease and desist, having been filed with and accepted, subject to final approval, by the Commission, has been placed on the public record for a period of thirty (30) days. The following Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes the terms of the consent agreement, and the allegations in the complaint. An electronic copy of the full text of the consent agreement package can be obtained from the FTC Home Page (for March 6, 2002), on the World Wide Web, at http://www.ftc.gov/os/2002/03/index.htm. A paper copy can be obtained from the FTC Public Reference Room, Room 130-H, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20580, either in person or by calling (202) 326-2222.

Public comments are invited, and may be filed with the Commission in either paper or electronic form. Comments filed in paper form should be directed to: FTC/Office of the Secretary, Room 159-H, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20580. If a comment contains nonpublic information, it must be filed in paper form, and the first page of the document must be clearly labeled “confidential.” Comments that do not contain any nonpublic information may instead be filed in electronic form (in ASCII format, WordPerfect, or Microsoft Word) as part of or as an attachment to email messages directed to the following email box: consentagreement@ftc.gov. Such comments will be considered by the Commission and will be available for inspection and copying at its principal office in accordance with § 4.9(b)(6)(ii) of the Commission's rules of practice, 16 CFR 4.9(b)(6)(ii)).

Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment Back to Top

The Federal Trade Commission has accepted, subject to final approval, an agreement containing a consent order from Interstate Bakeries Corporation (IBC).

The proposed consent order has been placed on the public record for thirty (30) days for receipt of comments by interested persons. Comments received during this period will become part of the public record. After thirty (30) days, the Commission will again review the agreement and the comments received, and will decide whether it should withdraw from the agreement or make final the agreement's proposed order.

This matter involves allegedly unsubstantiated representations made on television and in Internet advertising about the effects of the calcium in Wonder Bread on children's memory and brain function. According to the FTC complaint, IBC made unsubstantiated claims that as a good source of calcium, Wonder Bread helps children's minds work better and helps children remember things.

The proposed consent order contains provisions designed to prevent IBC from engaging in similar acts and practices in the future. Part I of the proposed order prohibits IBC from making any unsubstantiated claim (a claim lacking competent and reliable scientific evidence) that as a good source of calcium, Wonder Bread helps children's minds work better, or as a good source of calcium, Wonder Bread helps children remember things.

Part II of the order requires IBC to have competent and reliable scientific evidence for any claim that any of its breads, bread products, rolls or muffins or any of their ingredients, helps brain function or memory, or can treat, cure or prevent any disease or related health condition. Part II also provides that a mere statement that a product contains a particular vitamin or mineral will not, without more, be considered for purposes of this order a representation that the product can treat, cure or prevent any disease or related health condition.

Part IV of the order states that the order does not apply to any label or labeling printed before the order is served on IBC and shipped by IBC's bakeries to distributors or retailers within nine months after the order is issued.

Part III of the order notes that this order does not prohibit IBC from making any claim that is specifically permitted in labeling pursuant to the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990. Parts V through VIII of the order require IBC to keep copies of relevant advertisements and materials substantiating claims made in the advertisements, to provide copies of the order to certain of its personnel, to notify the Commission of changes in corporate structure, and to file a compliance report with the Commission. Part IX provides that the order will terminate after twenty (20) years under certain circumstances.

The purpose of this analysis is to facilitate public comment on the proposed order, and it is not intended to constitute an official interpretation of the agreement and proposed order or to modify in any way their terms.

By direction of the Commission, Commissioner Anthony recused.

Donald S. Clark,

Secretary.

[FR Doc. 02-5967 Filed 3-12-02; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 6750-01-P

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