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May 18, 2012
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General Mills must defend a federal lawsuit claiming that the company mislead consumers into believing their “Fruit by the Foot” and “Fruit Roll Up” snacks are made with real fruit.

The General Mills case was brought in October by Annie Lam, a resident of Daly City, California. Lam sought class-action status on behalf of consumers nationwide. She sued when she discovered that strawberry-flavored Fruit Roll-Ups actually were made from “pears from concentrate,” corn syrup, dried corn syrup, sugar and partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, among other things.

The federal lawsuit is one of several lawsuits accusing food companies of misleading consumers by advertising products as healthier than they are.

Last month Ferrero the maker of Nutella settled a lawsuit against them for $3 million after a California mom sued Ferrero. She sued saying she believed an ad in which a mom states “"simple, quality ingredients like hazelnuts, skim milk and a hint of cocoa" is an ideal meal to start the day for her four year old daughter. The reality is that Nutella’s main ingredients are sugar and palm oil.

In 2009 Kellog settled a lawsuit against them for $2.5 million. The Lawsuit claimed that Kellogg falsely advertised that its Rice Krispies cereal and Cocoa Krispies cereal supported a person’s immunity system despite not having proficient scientific evidence to support the claim.

These examples serve as a reminder to always check the nutritional information and ingredients before purchasing any food items.  Steer clear of items high in sugar, corn syrup and fat. And remember fresh fruit and vegetables are always a good choice!

 

Sources:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47388394/ns/business-us_business/#.T7LC7-33C1s

http://www.investorplace.com/2012/05/fruit-less-fruit-roll-ups-lawsuit-to-proceed/

http://www.cerealadvertisingsettlement.com/faq

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/29/us-italy-nutella-idUSBRE83S07Y20120429

 

 

 

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