A Massachusetts-based producer of flavored mints has agreed to a settlement with the Vermont Attorney General's office over violations of the state's Consumer Protection Act.
The AG's office say "VerMints" were labeled as "Vermont's All-Natural Mints," yet they were manufactured in Canada from mostly non-Vermont ingredients.
Under the settlement, the company will pay $30,000 to the state, and donate $35,000 to the Vermont Food Bank. The company will also be required to add corrective labeling to its products for 18 months.
"Use of the term 'Vermont' has great economic value," said Attorney General Bill Sorrell in a prepared statement. "We need to maintain a level playing field when it comes to claims of geographic origin, and to ensure that consumers who care about where their food comes from get accurate information in the marketplace."