The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the unanimous approval of a final order settling charges that a former POM Wonderful LLC executive made false and unsubstantiated claims that the company’s pomegranate products prevent or treat heart disease and prostate cancer.

Under the agreement, Mark Dreher, a former POM Wonderful vice president, does not admit to violations of the law, but will cooperate in FTC’s investigation and action against his former company. He also agreed to abide by the conditions prescribed for making any health-related claims for a food or drug product in the future and to give present and future employees copies of the order.

According to a news source, FTC has scheduled a May 24, 2011, hearing before an administrative law judge for POM Wonderful to respond to charges that it has made allegedly false health-related product claims. Dreher has agreed to participate in interviews with the agency in the matter; provide documents, declarations, affidavits, and testimony; as well as testify at any trial, deposition, or other proceeding. See The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times, November 16, 2010.