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"Gerber Settlement" Is a Hoax

Notices have been sweeping the country that:

Gerber Baby Food lost a class-action suit against them. Gerber had been marketing their baby food as "all natural" when, in fact, it was found to contain preservatives. In the settlement, Gerber Food is now responsible for giving every child born between 1985 and 1997 a $500 savings bond. . . . To obtain the bond, send a copy of the child's birth certificate and social security number to . . .

This story is false. Postal officials attribute it to an internet-based prankster. A class-action suit involving other infant formula makers was settled in 1996, but Gerber was not a party to the suit. The Council of Better Business Bureaus warns that personal information such as social security number should not be given to people who do not have a legitimate reason to have them.

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