"Made with Real Butter" Claims
The package for Pepperidge Farm’s Texas Toast shows two thick slices of toasted bread with a yellow spread and parsley flakes, a fresh garlic clove and parsley leaf, pats of butter, and the words, “Made with real Garlic[,] Butter & Parsley.” It looks mouth-wateringly delicious—assuming, of course, that the yellow spread is butter. Unfortunately, the complaint for this class action alleges that most of it is palm and soybean oils, with added coloring, while butter makes up less than two percent of the product.
Butter is once again popular, driven by the desire for natural foods and the idea that fats are not as bad for you as they once seemed. BEF Foods, Inc. advertises its Bob Evans mashed potatoes as being “Made with Real Milk & Butter” on the front of the packaging, but the complaint for this class action claims that butter is only a component of something the ingredient panel calls a “butter blend.”
Plaintiff Shatequa Leguette bought a Mrs. Smith’s Original Flaky Crust Pie, and the label on the package read, “Made with Real Butter”. Unfortunately, according to the allegations in this class action, the label would have been more accurate if it had added, “…but mostly made with palm oil!” The ingredient label lists a “shortening butter blend” made with “palm oil, butter (cream, salt)”, with palm oil listed first as the predominant ingredient.