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All Natural Claims

Four Sparkling Ice Drinks in Bottles

Talking Rain Beverage Company, Inc. has an unusual name, but the allegations in this class action are not at all unusual. The complaint claims that the company’s Sparkling Ice drinks, which the company labels as being naturally-flavored, actually contain an artificial flavoring ingredient, malic acid. 

Starbucks Sour Gummies

This complaint claims that Starbucks Corporation sells gummy candies that are presented as naturally-flavored, when in reality they contain the synthetic ingredient fumaric acid.

Bottle of Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail

Consumers are increasingly interested in buying “natural” products, or products without artificial or synthetic ingredients. Many companies now prominently advertise that their food or drinks contain “no artificial colors or flavors” to make them more attractive and to induce consumers to pay more for them. But the complaint for this class action claims that one such company, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., still uses the synthetic ingredients malic acid and fumaric acid in its cranberry juices and blends. 

Babyganics Products

KAS Direct, LLC is settling a class action brought against it for misleading marketing of its Babyganics line of products. The complaint claims that KAS violated certain laws in its use of the terms “Babyganics,” “mineral-based,” and “natural.” The settlement also resolves claims for certain products labeled as being “plant-based,” “tear-free,” and “SPF 50+.”

Four Bottles of Hansen's Natural Juices

Monster Beverage Corporation and Monster Energy Company are settling a class action protesting the “natural” designation of certain products in their Hansen’s and Hubert’s product lines.

Trader Joe's Store

Consumers are now willing to pay more for food that is all natural and not artificially flavored. Because of this, the complaint claims, Trader Joe’s hid the fact that its gummies were artificially flavored and did not label them as California or federal law requires. The complaint alleges that the candies are flavored with d-l malic acid, which is a synthetic, chemical addition and is not natural.

Package of SweeTarts Candies

SweeTarts, the sweet and tart candies made by Nestle USA, Inc., have been with us for more than fifty years, but they are keeping up with consumer preferences by advertising that they contain no artificial flavors. Unfortunately, the complaint for this class action claims that they do contain at least one artificial flavor, a petrochemical substance called malic acid.

Nellie's All Natural Baby Laundry Container

Batten Industries, Inc. labels its kitchen and bathroom cleaners and laundry products as “All Natural,” but the complaint for this class action alleges that they contain synthetic and toxic ingredients. Among other things, the complaint quotes online complaints, including one that says, “Received a chemical burn from wearing clothes washed in this.”

Grisi "Natural" Aloe Vera Soap

Consumers have become concerned about chemicals and synthetics in food, cleaners, and products applied to the skin. Because of this, they are willing to pay higher prices for products that are natural, that is, that contain no synthetic or chemical ingredients. Midway Importing, Inc. claims to produce natural soaps, but according to the complaint, all five types cited contain one or more synthetic ingredients. These include sodium lauryl sulfate (in all five soaps), calcium carbonate, titanium dioxide, and citric acid. 

Salpica Salsa

River North Foods has agreed to settle a class action that alleges that the company misused the word “natural” in marketing and labeling the food products of its Frontera and Salpica brands.