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Consumers take on food makers in September class action lawsuits

Overview of food class actions:

  • Who: Consumers filed class action lawsuits this month against food companies including Coca-Cola, Schwan’s, ConAgra and Kellogg.
  • Why: The complaints relate to false advertising claims.
  • Where: Food class actions are at national scale.

Consumers have been keeping tabs on what’s going on in their kitchen cabinets and pantries this month with complaints filed against food makers including Coca-Cola, Schwan’s, Kellogg and ConAgra.

Class action lawsuits against food companies have typically focused on allegations of false advertising with portions and ingredients high on the list of consumer complaints.

Schwan’s accused of misleading consumers over butter content of Ms Smith’s frozen apple pies

Schwan’s was a food maker accused of false advertising this month with a consumer arguing the company mislead customers about butter content of her frozen apple pies from Mrs. Smith.

The consumer claims that, by statements on the front of the product packaging, Schwan’s falsely states that butter is the main shortening ingredient for frozen apple pies when in fact it is Palm oil.

Additionally, the consumer claims that the amount of butter in Ms. Smith’s frozen apple pies is “negligible” and that the product even contains more water, soybean oil and salt.

Schwan’s is accused of charging a higher price for Ms Smith’s frozen apple pies than it otherwise could without her alleged misrepresentations about their overall butter content.

Coca-Cola faces claims consumers are being misled into believing Fanta dragon fruit is naturally flavored

Coca-Cola also faced false advertising claims this month by a consumer claiming the company mislead consumers marketing that its Dragon Fruit Flavored Fanta is made entirely of natural flavors.

The complaining consumer claims that Coca-Cola’s Dragon Fruit Flavored Fanta contains DL-malic acid, which they claim is an artificial ingredient used to mimic the flavor of dragon fruit.

“Unbeknownst to consumers, the ingredient list does not reveal that this malic acid is an artificial ingredient that imparts dragon fruit flavor to the product,” the Coca-Cola class action lawsuit states.

Coca-Cola is accused of selling the dragon fruit-flavored Fanta at a higher price and volume than it otherwise could if consumers knew the soda would not contain all natural flavors.

ConAgra accused of false advertising Log Cabin pancake mix, Bigs Chile Limwith sunflower seeds

In other food class action news, consumers filed a pair of class action lawsuits against ConAgra this month, meanwhile, over allegations about how it marketed its Log Cabin brand pancake mix and the Bigs Chile Lim brand.wheren sunflower seeds.

In the case of the Log Cabin brand pancake mix, a consumer claimed that ConAgra had falsely advertised the product as natural and a good source of fiber.

Consumer behind class action claims Log Cabin pancake mix can’t be natural because it contains sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, which they claim is not made through a natural process.

ConAgra is also accused of falsely advertising that the pancake mix is ​​a good source of fibre, with the consumer arguing that the product contains only 1g of fiber per serving and claiming that this is not enough to justify the allegation.

The consumer behind ConAgra’s Chile Lim class actionón Sunflower Seeds, meanwhile, claims the company is misleading consumers believe that the product does not contain artificial flavors.

ConAgra is accused of using images of a fresh lime with a chilli red background on the product’s label to trick consumers into believing it is made with natural ingredients and gets its flavor from natural ingredients.

The consumer argues that the product actually contains the artificial ingredient DL-malic acid rather than natural L-malic acid.

ConAgra also overcame false advertising claims this month, with an Illinois federal judge filing a lawsuit alleging the company misled consumers into believing. made her Snack Pack pudding with real milk.

The consumer behind the class action lawsuit argued that ConAgra was misleading since Snack Pack pudding products labeled as “made with real milk” actually contained skim milk.

The judge hearing the complaint, however, ruled that the consumer failed to prove that ConAgra had been misleading or that a reasonable consumer would take a “Made With Real Milk” label to mean it contained whole milk.

Kellogg accused of overdoing the amount of whole grains in its Harvest Wheat Toasted crackers

Kellogg was also the subject of a class action lawsuit this month over allegations that the company falsely suggests that its Harvest Wheat Toasted crackers have a higher total whole grain content than they actually do.

The consumer behind the class action claims that Kellogg’s is misleading consumers by labeling them “Harvest Wheat” and packaging them in a dark brown box with images of crackers on which bits of grain are visible.

The consumer claims that Kellogg’s Harvest Wheat Toasted crackers contain a “negligible” amount of whole grains compared to the amount of refined grains in the product.

Also this month, Kellogg beat out separate claims that he misleadingly labeled some of its Morningstar Farms-branded meatless products as “vegetarian”, leading consumers to believe that they were made primarily or entirely from vegetables.

The judge hearing the complaint ruled that Kellogg used the term “vegetarian” ambiguously and that it was not false, misleading, or something that would constitute bad branding.

Kashi gets a partial dismissal of claims he misrepresents the amount of strawberries in his strawberry breakfast bars

Kashi was another food brand able to score at least a partial dismissal of a class action lawsuit with a federal judge in Illinois, dropping multiple claims from a lawsuit alleging the company misrepresented ingredients in its breakfast bars. baked “Ripe Strawberry”.

A consumer behind the food class action lawsuit accused Kashi of distort the amount of real strawberries strawberry breakfast bars contain thanks to allegedly deceptive packaging.

The judge hearing the complaint dismissed the complaint’s allegations of breach of warranty, negligent misrepresentation and common law fraud.

Have you purchased a food product that you believe may have been falsely advertised? Let us know in the comments!

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