Hormel Lawsuit Reveals What ‘Natural’ Meat Really Means

On April 8, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia—a jurisdiction with stringent consumer protection laws—dismissed a lawsuit by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) alleging Hormel was misleading consumers. The court held that as long as manufacturer labels are approved by the USDA, the advertising can use the “natural” claims. “[I]f a producer can accurately use a term in a label,” the court wrote, “the producer should be able to use the same term in its advertising.”

Lawsuit: Nellie’s Hens are Mistreated and Eggs Aren’t Free-Range

A class-action lawsuit against the company and its parent, Pete and Gerry’s Organics LLC, contends that Nellie’s is “misrepresenting to the public” how it treats eggs on its cartons and website, according to the complaint filed late Wednesday in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

Consumer Alleges Panera Blueberry Bagel Contains ‘Dyed Lumps,’ Not Actual Blueberries

January 18, 2019 Legal Newsline

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Aug. 10, 2018, he bought a blueberry bagel at a Panera in Manhattan relying on its label representations that it contains only real blueberries. The plaintiff alleges the product did not contain actual blueberries but blue pieces that are “mostly dyed lumps predominantly comprised of sugar and flour.”