AriZona Arnold Palmer “Zero Calorie” Label Put to the Test with Recent Lawsuit
AriZona Arnold Palmer half-lemonade and half-iced tea beverages sold in the market nowadays with the zero-calorie label are currently under fire as a new class action lawsuit filed by Andrew Schrode alleges that the drinks are brimming with calories.
Details about the Lawsuit
Andrew Schrode sued AriZona amidst allegations that the company violated federal warranty laws because of the labels on their Arnold Palmer that state they are zero calories or no calories at all. These labels are like signs to health enthusiasts that they should buy AriZona drinks as it fits their lifestyle.
FDA Guidelines for Zero Calorie Labeled Products
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists down several guidelines in their food labeling guide which companies follow to manufacture their products.
For the calorie value of a particular product, here are some guidelines FDA has in their food labeling guide:
When a serving of a food’s calorie value is less than 5 calories, it may be rounded off to zero or to the nearest 5 caloric increment, depending on the level. These types of foods are considered calorie-free.
It works the same way for beverages; if they have less than 5 calories, their list of nutritional facts can show no calories. For AriZona drinks, its nutritional facts listings show it has zero calories, which depends on a serving size of eight fluid ounces, which should have an estimated three servings.
But the 23-ounce can is where the Reference Amount Customarily Consumed is based, so it has 15 calories instead of less than 5. The FDA has then mandated AriZona to stop labeling their products with no calories or zero calories and use the Diet label.
What Else to Know About the Lawsuit
The plaintiff is filing for breach of warranty and Illinois consumer business laws.
The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff, along with the class members, thought they are buying Arnold Palmer with zero calories, not that it has zero calories depending on the serving size.
The plaintiff also stated that the company should inform their customers properly and not use deceptive labels and advertising.
It’s not the first time this has happened.
A lawsuit in 2020 involving AriZona beverages took notice of the same allegations as the new one.
A resident of Michigan, Kenneth Meyers, filed the case against the company because of its violations against federal and state consumer and business laws when it advertised the number of calories there are in their drinks.
About AriZona Beverage Company
Arizona Beverages USA, or AriZona, is the maker of many beverages such as different flavors of iced tea, juice cocktails, and energy drinks. It is headquartered in Woodbury, New York. Asides from flavorful drinks, it also manufactures packaged trays of tortilla chip products, Nachos n Cheese, and Salsa n Cheese.
Editor’s note on AriZona Arnold Palmer Zero Calorie Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This piece is written about the AriZona Arnold Palmer zero-calorie tea. If you believe that what is alleged in the class action lawsuit has affected you, please reach out to us.
Case Name: Schrode et al., v. AriZona Beverages
Case No.: 1:21-cv-03159
Product/service: Arnold Palmer
Allegations: AriZona’s Arnold Palmer zero calories beverages actually have more than zero calories.
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