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Clorox must change cat litter ads

Judge says company made false claims in Fresh Step commercial

A Manhattan judge ruled yesterday that Clorox, maker of Fresh Step cat litter, made “literally false” claims in its litter commercial when it said its product kills odor better than Arm & Hammer’s Super Scoop, a rival litter, made by Church & Dwight Co. (C & D). U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff ordered Clorox to stop airing the ads, which began running in February 2011.

In his ruling, Judge Rakoff cites the “unrealistic conditions” of testing Clorox claims to have performed on the litter. The company claimed to have conducted a “jar test,” which it says proved carbon, rather than baking soda, better eliminated cat odor.


Cathleen Flahardy

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