SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - A major food company is accused of mislabeling some of its popular juice brands as “all natural.”
Yuri Osborne, of Contra Costa County, Calif., filed the lawsuit June 12 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Kraft Foods Group, alleging its Capri Sun juices contain artificial ingredients.
The lawsuit said four of the Capri Sun flavors, apple, berry, fruit punch and grape, contained citric acid or “natural flavor” as an ingredient, which is considered an artificial ingredient. “Simply put, the products are not 'all natural' because they contain unnatural ingredients,” the lawsuit said.
The suit alleges Kraft labeled the products as all natural in order to mislead customers into believing the juices were healthier than they actually were.
“The market for all natural foods has grown rapidly in the past few years, a trend [Kraft] seeks to take advantage of through the subject false and misleading advertising,” the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit seeks class status for those that purchased Capri Sun within four years of the filing of the suit. Osborne also seeks more than $5 million in damages plus court costs. He is represented by attorney Benjamin M. Lopatin of Eggnatz, Lopatin & Pascucci in San Francisco.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California case number 3:15-cv-02653.