Food and Supplement Labeling
Class actions involving food, beverage and dietary supplement products typically involve claims challenging the labeling, advertising, composition, and state and federal regulatory compliance of those products.
Examples of claims brought by GPM targeting food products include:
- A product marketed as “natural,” “nothing artificial,” or “no preservatives” does not qualify for reasons such as the presence of genetically modified organisms (“GMOs”) or synthetic ingredients, or the product’s processing;
- A product explicitly labeled “healthy” includes ingredients that are not sufficiently nutritious;
- Representations on a product regarding its health benefits are overstated, lack support, or are offset by other factors;
- Representations on the package that may confuse consumers as to where the product is made, such as by stating the product is “Made in the USA” when some ingredients may come from elsewhere;
- Other representations on a product as potentially misleading or untrue.
Glancy Prongay & Murray’s attorneys have prosecuted false labeling cases against some of the largest food manufacturers in the world across a broad spectrum of products. For example, Glancy Prongay & Murray sued Pepsico, the manufacturer of the Naked Juice line of beverages, alleging that the product claims of “All Natural” and “Non-GMO” were false. The case settled for $9 million, one of the largest food labeling settlements at the time.