Wrigley's Gum Informative - Here's something to chew on!

Review by 135932 on 2010-09-29
I'm not really sure where to categorize this comment. I was initially going to post a compliment towards the flavor of the gum, but after remembering something in the back of my head about a lawsuit, I decided to just make it middle of the road and classify it as informative.

First the compliment. The eclipse wintergreen has to be the strongest flavored gum on the market, or at least that I've found so far. It's the equivalent of crushing 5 tin cans of altoids and cramming them into one small piece of gum. I literally saw a coworker get tears in her eyes from the initial blast.

Now the informative. Apparently, as seen on the label, the product claims to kill germs. A lawsuit was filed and settled in June of 2010, thus Wrigley agreed to remove the false advertising. I just bought this container last week. My question is, "Are they allowed to leave the product on the shelves in a case like this, or should they be recalled"? In my opinion, recalls seem to be more for imminent health concerns, and not advertising. But who's to say that the next person that purchases one of these, then doesn't turn around and attempt the same lawsuit?

From a personal standpoint, I could careless what it advertises, so long as it tastes good.
Comments:9 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-09-29
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-29:
I haven't chewed gum and cried at the same time in years, but you made me curious, so I will try it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-29:
I thought this was a joke...but as Google soon proved to me, there really was a lawsuit against Wrigley's for deceptive advertising. Good to see the lawyers got rich once again:

Class Action Lawsuit Against Wrigley Eclipse Gum & Mints to Pay Up to $10 Settlement
If you purchased Eclipse gum or mints in packaging with a “NATURAL GERM KILLING” message in the United States after June 1, 2008, you may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $10 of the price of the gum and mints purchased. To receive payment, claim forms must be completed and either be submitted on the website or postmarked by January 24, 2011. Complete the online form for reimbursement up to $5; download, sign and return the personalized claim form to obtain up to $10.

Details - http://www.eclipsesettlement.com/index.php
Claim Forms - http://www.eclipsesettlement.com/claim
Posted by momsey on 2010-09-29:
J4A, if I'm reading it right, you can get up to $10 of the price of gum purchased. So if you only spent $2-$3, you only get $2-$3, and you have to go through the claims process to get it. So...I don't think it's worth it!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-29:
Hey, why is my comment listed under "other comment"? And where is the star next to my nic?

Is inferred gambling frowned upon on this site?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-29:
I'm not sure what happened to your comment Justice-4All. I did not click on the remove button or anything of that nature. This is my second post as of to date, so I'm still getting used to all the features, buttons, gadgets, menus, and such.
Posted by Starlord on 2010-09-29:
I don't think they have to recall the pagkages already in the system, they just have to change the labels on the effective date. The claim of killing germs is not really a public health problem. When did you see an announcement from the CDC that you should chew lots of gum to protect you from the swine flu or the Japanese Creeping Crud? I love Exlipse gum because it is the only gum I have found that doesn't stick to my dentures. The absolute worst gum for that was Gatorade gum. Yuckkkk!
Posted by MRM on 2010-09-29:
Alexander has left the building.
Posted by MRM on 2010-09-29:
Mama Noooo!!!
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-09-29:
dang, good folks gone

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