Published on August 14th, 2013 | by Jennifer Kaplan4
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Sued Over ‘Natural’ Label
Goldfish With GMOs Are Not ‘Natural’
In a trend recently on the upswing, consumer groups and class action lawyers have joined together to fight large food manufacturers against bogus ‘natural’ marketing claims on products. In June, Pepperidge Farm joined a growing list of companies when it was targeted with a putative class action suit that alleges the company falsely marketed its Goldfish crackers as ‘natural’ when certain product flavors, including cheddar, are not ‘natural.’ According to Law360.com, the suit alleges that Pepperidge Farm’s cheddar flavor Goldfish products contain genetically modified soy in the form of soybean oil, as well as synthetic vitamin B1, riboflavin, folic acid and leavening. The labels on many packages boldly declare “Natural”and “No Artificial Preservatives”
GMOs and any food that incorporates GMOs cannot be considered natural because they are the result of an artificial laboratory procedure that forcibly introduces foreign DNA into the cells of a plant.
Battle Over ‘Natural’ Labeling Continues
The list of companies that have been recently subjected to class action suits for using “natural’ on their labels continues to grow. Almost all of the recent lawsuits concerning the misuse of the term ‘natural’ on food packaging have been settled, with the guilty companies have committed marketing sins that range from products that contain GMOs (Barbara’s Bakery, Naked Juice), products that contain synthetic chemicals (Skinnygirl Cocktails) to flagrantly exaggerating health claims (POM Pomegranate Juice, Vitaminwater and Chobani Greek Yogurt).
It looks like these lawsuits will only continue in the near future. One hopes that it will make food manufacturers pause before positioning their products as ‘natural’ if they aren’t as natural as they could be.