Vitamin settlement distributed to charities

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Money from the settlement of a lawsuit against vitamin manufacturers is being used to feed the hungry.

The state is getting nearly $96,000 from the settlement of a price-fixing lawsuit filed last year against six vitamin manufacturers.

Under the settlement, a third of the funds are to benefit those who use food products enriched with vitamins.

The state Attorney General's office chose to give that portion of the settlement to the Food Bank of Alaska and Kids' Kitchen -- a meal program for low-income children.

The food bank is receiving $22,000 under the settlement while Kids' Kitchen is getting $10,000 dollars.

The rest of the money will go to government agencies that purchased vitamin-enriched products and to cover the cost of consumer protection and antitrust investigations.

The six companies involved in the settlement are all based outside the United States.

Alaska was one of seven states that filed the lawsuits. The companies agreed to pay a total of $4.3 million dollars to settle the case.

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