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Mislabeled Ingredients

Plastic Bottle of Seagram's Ginger Ale

How much real ginger does ginger ale contain? The Coca-Cola Company has agreed to settle a class action questioning its use of the phrase “Made with Real Ginger” on the labels of its Seagram’s ginger ale containers. The complaint alleged that the labeling misled customers about the form of ginger in the drink and its health properties. 

Bottle of GNC Glucosamine Sulfate

Do you take a glucosamine sulfate supplement? Is that supplement 365 Everyday Value Glucosamine Chondroitin (from Whole Foods) or GNC Glucosamine Sulfate (from GNC)? If so, you should check the ingredient label and see if you’re really getting what you want.

Package of Voortman Fudge Coated Salted Caramel Wafers

When a company advertises that a product is made with a “real” substance, what exactly does that mean? Is alkalized cocoa “real cocoa”? Is dried fruit “real” fruit? And what constitutes “real” vanilla? The complaint for this class action alleges that SPC Management Co., Inc. advertises its Voortman Cookies in deceptive ways.

Package of Magnum Exotics Kona Blend Coffee

“Approximately 2.7 million pounds of Kona coffee is harvested each year, compared to 20 billion pounds of green coffee—approximately 0.01% of worldwide coffee production,” says the complaint for this class action. Yes, Kona coffee is special and in limited supply. The complaint claims that the Magnum Exotics label “Kona Blend Coffee” does not contain enough real Kona coffee to merit the name. The complaint claims negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and violations of state consumer protection laws, among other things. 

Cherry Apple Kind Bar

The complaint for this class action alleges that Kind, LLC presents Kind bars as being made from, or equivalent to, whole fruits. However, it says, this is simply not possible and that the company does it to make its products seem fresher, healthier, and worth higher prices.

Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner

The Honest Company is settling a consolidated group of class actions that allege that Honest violated laws against deceptive advertising when it advertised its multi-surface cleaner, dish soap, and laundry detergent as being “free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). The complaints claim that the products did in fact contain SLS.

BB&B Damask Bed Sheets

If you look up “Egyptian cotton” in Bed Bath & Beyond’s own glossary, the complaint for this class action says, you will read, “The world's finest cotton, it has the longest, strongest staple, resulting in the softest, most luxurious fabric and feel.” Egyptian cotton is thus highly desirable, says the complaint, and more desirable to those with textile allergies. According to the complaint, however, Bed Bath & Beyond’s Damask Stripe 500 Thread Count 100% Egyptian Cotton Bed Sheets are only 16% Egyptian cotton, with the rest of the fabric made up of inferior types of cotton.

Naked Pressed Juices

Naked Juice is a subsidiary of PepsiCo that offers seven different juice product lines, including juice blends, smoothies, almond milks, and coconut waters. Its Naked Pressed line is a premium line made up of purportedly cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices, but the complaint for this class action questions whether calling the juices “cold-pressed” is strictly truthful, because the product undergoes another step after the cold pressing which reduces enzymatic, biological, and cellular activity and lessens nutrient content. The “cold-pressed” juice, the complaint alleges, is only an intermediate product and not the final product sold in stores.

Annie's Summer Strawberry Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks

The complaint for this class action alleges that Annie’s, Inc. falsely attempts to portray its “Summer Strawberry” Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks as healthy and made from fruit, when in fact they contain no strawberries at all. It charges that the product is deceptive, misbranded, and not healthy because it contains ten times the amount of sugar as real strawberries do.

Olive Oil

Companies that import, market, and sell three brands of olive oil—Bertolli, Carapelli, and Carbonell—are the target of a recent class action that alleges that they make false claims on their labels, namely that the olive oils are imported from Italy, and that some of them are “extra virgin”. The classes proposed for this action do not cover all buyers of olive oil throughout the US, so others may still be able to join in with this case.