September 2018

Whole Foods to Pay $1.64 Million in Hazardous Waste Settlement Sep 20, 2018

Stores throughout the State improperly handled and disposed of hazardous wastes

Oakland, California – District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that her office, together with 21 other California District and City Attorneys, has filed and settled a civil law enforcement action in Yolo County Superior Court against Whole Foods Market California Inc. and two related entities. The settlement requires the Whole Foods entities to pay $1.64 million and resolves allegations that companies violated California laws for the safe storage, handling, and disposal of hazardous wastes over a five-year period.

According to the District Attorneys’ complaint, Whole Foods Market California Inc., Mrs. Gooch’s Natural Food Markets Inc., and WFM-WO Inc., unlawfully handled and disposed of various hazardous wastes and materials throughout the state over a five-year period. These hazardous wastes and materials included batteries, electronic devices, ignitable liquids, aerosol products, cleaning agents, and other flammable, reactive, toxic, and corrosive materials.

“We remain ever vigilant in the protection of our natural resources and the proper disposal of hazardous waste is vitally important in safeguarding the environment from toxic pollutants that pose a threat to the health of humans, wildlife, and plants,” says DA O’Malley.

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DA O’Malley Announces Settlement with Goop, Inc. Sep 4, 2018

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office, as a member of the California Food, Drug, and Medical Device Task Force, which is comprised of ten district attorneys' offices including Napa, Marin, Monterey, Orange, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, and Sonoma Counties, announced today a settlement in a consumer protection action against Goop, Inc. (“Goop”). Goop sells a variety of items on its website including vitamins and diet supplements, feminine care products, and wellness products.

The consumer protection complaint alleges that Goop made false and misleading representations regarding the effects or attributes of three products—the Jade Egg, Rose Quartz Egg, and Inner Judge Flower Essence Blend. According to the complaint, Goop advertised that the Jade and Rose Quartz eggs—egg-shaped stones designed to be inserted vaginally and left in for various lengths of time—as well as the Inner Judge Flower Essence Blend could balance hormones, prevent uterine prolapse, increase bladder control and prevent depression. The complaint also alleges that none of Goop’s claims regarding these products were supported by competent or reliable scientific evidence.

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