The Federal Trade Commission has charged several companies with violating the law for misleading consumers and failing to properly disclose the dangers of foodborne illnesses.
The complaint filed Thursday by the FTC against the food industry accuses ConAgra of misleading consumers about the risk of eating food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and for failing to adequately disclose the risks of E.coli O157 outbreaks.
The FTC alleges that ConAgran, its affiliates and ConAgrant, which is the parent company of ConAgram, all made false and misleading statements about the dangers posed by E. Coli O137 in the U.S. and abroad.
The company also violated its fiduciary duties by failing to inform consumers about possible health risks from the outbreak of E Coli, the complaint states.
The companies’ products, including the ConAgron products, contained the same number of calories and ingredients as those of other products on the market.
ConAgra and its affiliates sold ConAgravas, the product containing E. coli, to consumers in the United States, Canada and Mexico, according to the complaint.
The case is FTC v.
ConAgria and ConAGra, Case No. 1:14-cv-00584, U. of Texas-Austin, in the Northern District of Texas.
The complaint was filed in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.