National pet-products companies and Target Corporation have been fined over $1.75 million for falsely marketing plastic dog-waste bags as biodegradable. The fines were imposed by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in response to deceptive advertising targeting environmentally conscious dog owners.
O’Malley emphasized the importance of accurate information for consumers who want to make informed choices about the environmental impact of the products they purchase. The settlements represent a victory for California consumers and their desire for transparency.
Chewy Inc. faces the largest fine of $600,000, followed by PetSmart with $500,000, Petco with $375,000, and Target with $300,000. O’Malley worked alongside 22 other California district attorneys in holding these companies accountable.
It is important to note that dog-waste bags marketed as “eco-friendly” are not truly biodegradable and should only be disposed of in landfills. Additionally, dog waste can contain harmful contaminants and should not be used in backyard composting.
However, the companies involved took immediate action to cease the sales of these misleading products once contacted by prosecutors. They also cooperated fully to reach a settlement and ensure compliance with the law moving forward.