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Annie's Homegrown falsely advertises products as preservative-free, consumer alleges

By Carrie Bradon | May 30, 2019


SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A California woman alleges Annie's Homegrown products are falsely advertised as containing no preservatives and she relied on this claim when making purchases.

Saleha Abdullah, on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on May 6 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Annie's Homegrown Inc. alleging violation of California's Consumers Legal Remedies Act and other counts. 

The suit states the defendant advertises its products as containing no preservatives, including Annie's Organic Bernie's Farm Fruit Snacks and Annie's Organic Frosted Oat Flakes.

The plaintiff alleges that there are a number of preservatives the defendant uses in its products, including citric acid, ascorbic acid, xanthan gum and tocopherols. 

The plaintiff is seeking statutory, compensatory, treble and punitive damages; injunctive relief; an order certifying the class; restitution; reasonable attorneys' fees; and costs of the suit. The plaintiff is represented by Reuben D. Nathan of Nathan & Associates APC in Newport Beach, California.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California case number 3:19-CV-02441

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