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Wasabi peas are actually coated in horseradish, class action claims

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By Tamara Gabbard | Mar 24, 2020


SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - A New York man and California woman are both suing JFC International, Inc. alleging its Hapi Wasabi Coated Peas do not contain wasabi ingredients as advertised. 

Hilary Yothers and Zain Eisenberg filed a class action lawsuit on March 6 against JFC International, Inc., alleging they were misled into purchasing the wasabi peas, stating they would not have bought the product if they had known it was not actually coated with wasabi. 

Yothers, who purchased the peas in September, and Eisenberg, who purchased the peas in August, both allege the packaging is misleading and even shows a picture of the wasabi root on the package. 

Upon further review of the ingredients, it shows that the peas are coated with horseradish, a common ingredient substitute for wasabi, the lawsuit says. Both defendants state they would not have paid the alleged higher price or even purchased the product at all had they known the peas were not actually coated with wasabi.

Plaintiffs are seeking compensation for their losses, court and legal costs, as well as legal interests that would demand the defendant to advertise the alleged misinformation on the packaging properly. They are filing charges against the defendant of an alleged breach of warranties, unjust enrichment, violation of California’s consumers’ legal remedies, unfair competition, false advertising, negligent misrepresentation, and violation of New York’s general business laws. 

The plaintiffs are represented by Brittany S. Scott of Bursor & Fisher, P.A., of Walnut Creek, Calif. 

Northern District Court of California Case 3:20-cv-01657-RS

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