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Attorney General Sues Vermont Company For Mislabeling Mints As “Vermont” Products

CONTACT: Elliot Burg, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5507

October 24, 2012

The Office of Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell has filed suit against a Vermont-based company and its chief executive officer for mislabeling tins of mints as “Vermont” products. The suit, filed in Washington Superior Court, names as Defendants VerMints, Inc., of Burlington, Vermont, and Gary Rinkus, of Pembroke, Massachusetts.

According to the complaint filed by the Attorney General’s Office, during the years 2006 through 2010, the company sold over 1.3 million tins prominently labeled “Vermont’s All Natural Mints” or “Vermont’s All Natural Pastilles,” and “VerMints.” Many tins were also marked “Product of USA.” In fact, the products were manufactured at a plant in Canada, mostly out of ingredients that originated outside of Vermont.

The complaint alleges that the labeling misrepresented the origin of the products, in violation of the Vermont Consumer Protection Act and the Attorney General’s consumer protection rule on representations of Vermont origin. It asks the court to prohibit future violations of law, award $10,000 in civil penalties for each past violation, and grant other appropriate relief.

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