“Naturally Flavored” Claims are False
A class action lawsuit was filed against Grand Brands for allegedly misleading consumers with false claims that several of its True Lemon drink mixes are made with real fruit and are “Naturally Flavored”.
Consumers allege that the drink mixes actually contain synthetic ingredients and only small amounts of lemon oil or lemon juice for flavoring.
The product also claims, “No Artificial Sweeteners”, “Crystallized Lemon”, and “Crystallized Lime.”
Read about the case under the name: Tedesco et al v. Grand Brands, Inc. dba True Citrus or True Lemon, Case No. 20-cv-1928, S.D. CA.
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True Lemon is Not “Naturally Flavored”
According to the class action lawsuit, the True Lemon drink mixes contain synthetic ingredients, contains sugar, and has no crystallized lemon or lime.
The labels of the products in question are said to show in print claims such as “NATURALLY FLAVORED,” “Made from Real Lemons” or “Real Limes,” with “No Artificial Sweeteners,” and describes the Product ingredients as “Crystallized lemon.”
However, the products are said to contain a synthetic flavoring chemical called “dl-malic acid,” which is revealed to have been made from petroleum. This chemical creates and reinforces “the tart and fruity flavors that consumers associate with the fruit listed and depicted on the Products’ labels.”
This ingredient is required under California and federal law to be identified and disclosed on the product labels, which the company has failed to do.
The class action lawsuit says the company “misleadingly labels the Products with depictions of real fruit and claims that they are “naturally flavored” and “made from” real fruit… further misleadingly describes the Product ingredients in the ingredient list as including “Crystallized Lemon” or “Crystallized Lime.” The Products consist of, for example, manufactured citric acid and synthetic dl-malic acid with sugar and minor amounts of lemon oil and lemon juice for additional flavoring.”
The company has knowingly undisclosed vital information and misbranded and mislabeled the products for monetary gain and unjust profit.
Grand Brands is accused of intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, fraud by omission, breach of an express warranty, breach of implied warranty, and violations of the Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), the False Advertising Law (FAL), and California’s Unfair Competition Law.
The products included in this lawsuit are:
- Original Lemonade
- Raspberry Lemonade
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Lime Black Cherry
Editor’s note on the True Lemon Drink Mix Lawsuit:
This piece is written about the recent True Lemon Drink Mixes 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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