WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Sept. 28 that Moonlight Slumber LLC, an Illinois company that markets baby mattresses, will settle allegations that it misrepresented its products to consumers.

According to the FTC, Moonlight Slumber marketed to consumers alleging its Starlight Simplicity and Little Star mattresses are “organic.” The FTC alleges the mattresses contain very little organic material.

Moonlight Slumber also said its Little Star mattress comes with a “natural latex core,” and that many of its mattresses are made from plant-based foam. According to the FTC, these claims are false. The Little Star mattress core was actually made from synthetic material and the mattress foam contained little to no plant-based material.

In addition, the FTC alleges Moonlight Slumber’s claim “that there are no VOCs [volatile organic compounds, commonly known as ‘off gassing’] from Moonlight Slumber products” is false. Finally, the FTC said the company misrepresented that its mattresses were “Green Safety Shield” certified.

Moonlight Slumber will be banned from making misleading claims about its products. The company must deliver competent and reliable evidence to support any claims about the organic, natural or plant-based materials used in its products.

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