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By contactus
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!






Here is a helpful article from the American Academy of Pediatrics about how to correctly measure your child's medicine. We advise you read this important article and pass it along to your friends and family. 

Ditch the Kitchen Spoon When Measuring Your Kids' Medicine
By: Heather Waldron, Editorial Intern
Using kitchen spoons to measure liquid medicine should be a thing of the past, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).


“They are notoriously inaccurate,” said Dan Frattarelli, M.D., FAAP, chair of the AAP Committee on Drugs.

A study at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab found that when participants tried to measure a teaspoon of medicine, they were off the mark. With one size spoon, participants poured an average of 8% less than prescribed. With another size, they poured an average of 12% more than prescribed. Though this may not seem like a large mistake, a small problem over time can turn into a big one.

“If the medicine builds up in the system, the child may become toxic and if the medicine is inadequate, it may not deliver the intended result,” said Randall Bond, M.D., FAAP, a member of the AAP Section on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention. “Most people have not experienced it because it’s not a frequent problem, but when it occurs it can be very harmful.”

Pediatricians recommend asking the pharmacist for a measuring device when picking up a prescription.

“Always use the dosing device that comes with the product. Don’t try and substitute something else,” Dr. Bond said.

The AAP also recommends the following when administering medicine to children:

©2010 American Academy of Pediatrics. This information may be freely copied and distributed with proper attribution.

  • Try to stay as close to the recommended dosing schedule as possible. Ask pharmacists or physicians how much wiggle room is appropriate for specific drugs.

  • Measure medication before bed to avoid mistakes while tired in the middle of the night. Then store medicine in the refrigerator until it’s time to administer, and an exact dose will be waiting.

  • If your child hates the medicine’s taste, ask the pediatrician if there is a better-tasting drug. For many bad-tasting medicines like oral steroids, there may be a slightly more expensive version with a more bearable taste.


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