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Is that Trans Fat in Goetze’s Caramel Candy? Class Action Lawsuit Filed

Goetze Caramel Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit was filed against Goetze Candy Co. for allegedly containing artificial trans fat which is illegal as it “is a toxin and carcinogen for which there are many safe and commercially viable substitutes.”

According to the class action lawsuit, the company’s Caramel Creams and Cow Tales candies use partially hydrogenated oil (PHO).

PHO was outlawed under the U.S. and California law and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established that PHO is not safe for use in food.

Read about the case under the name: Sabrina Silva v. Goetze’s Candy Company Inc., Case No. 4:20-cv-07143-KAW, N.D. CA.

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The Dangers of Artificial Trans Fat

The class action lawsuit claims that the Goetze Candy Co. continues to use the additive in its candies stating that “although safe, low-cost, and commercially acceptable alternatives to PHO existed throughout the class period, GCC unfairly elected not to use these safe alternatives in Caramel Creams candy in order to increase profit at the expense of the health of consumers.”

Consumers who purchase the candies regularly have allegedly consumed dangerous levels of an “illegal and dangerous food additive.”

Studies have found that the additive raises the risk of the following diseases:

  • Cardiovascular disease by raising LDL levels and lowering HDL levels
  • Type-2 diabetes by disrupting the body’s ability to regulate glucose and insulin
  • Breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline
  • Organ damage

The lawsuit contends that “artificial trans fat molecules are readily incorporated into blood and organ cells in place of natural fat molecules, which damages vital organs, including the heart, brain, and reproductive system. Further, changing the chemical composition of cells induces systemic inflammation, where the immune system fails to recognize such cells as native to the body and becomes persistently overactive, leading to further organ damage.”

Consumers who regularly purchase these candies consume products that are “detrimental to… health and were unfairly offered for sale in violation of federal and California law.”

The proposed class includes California consumers who purchased caramel candy products of Goetze’s Candy Co. which contain partially hydrogenated oil between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2017.

Editor’s note on the Goetze’s Caramel Candy Lawsuit:

This piece is written about the recent Goetze’s Caramel Candy Lawsuit. If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.

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