Nestle’s Carnation Breakfast Essentials Classic French Vanilla offering actually contains artificial flavoring contrasting claims of it having “No Artificial Flavors” at all in its labeling.
That is the claim made by a recent class action lawsuit filed against Nestle Healthcare Nutrition, Inc., the maker of the aforementioned product, in an Illinois court.
The complaint contends that the company has made misleading claims of the true nature of the product’s ingredient responsible for its distinctive vanilla taste.
Nestle claims that the flavoring used in the Carnation Breakfast Essentials Classic French Vanilla product is derived from vanilla beans imported from Madagascar.
Vanilla beans contain a chemical known as vanillin; this is the chemical compound that makes vanilla taste like vanilla.
Other chemical ingredients come into play in determining the final taste of vanilla, which dictates how the intensity and richness of vanilla would play in a person’s taste buds.
Extracting the natural flavors of vanilla can be very expensive, which is why it is not practiced on a large industrial scale.
To make a huge profit, companies resort to science to formulate a vanillin-like substance that mimics its taste with just only a fraction of the costs of manufacturing compared to the real deal.
The taste may be the same; however, food regulators and law enforcement agencies consider the end-product as artificial.
This ingredient is then required to be disclosed in a product’s label properly.
In this case, Nestle has used a chemical called Guaiacol.
This ingredient may be the source of 85% of the vanillin present in the Carnation Breakfast Essentials Classic French Vanilla’s taste, but the processes it has undergone technically make it a type of artificial flavoring and should be properly indicated for all consumers to see.
Nestle, on its part, has failed to fulfill its proper product labeling obligations as required by the law and regulators – evident in its product labeling conveniently missing out on the specific nature of the ingredient used.
The claim of artificial flavoring used is solidified by a test cited by the class action lawsuit showing that Nestle’s Carnation Breakfast Essentials Classic French Vanilla contained traces of artificially curated vanillin.
Filed by Debbie Kuciver in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, a jury trial is demanded of the court.
Editor’s Note on Carnation Breakfast Essentials Classic French Vanilla Class Action Lawsuit:
This news feature is aimed to inform you of the latest claim made in a class lawsuit against Nestle’s Carnation Breakfast Essentials Classic French Vanilla, actually containing artificially-derived vanilla flavoring that was left out of the product’s label to mislead consumers.
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