By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
October 16, 2013
- When “natural” foods aren’t natural
- American’s are fighting back
- How you can get your share of the cash
Today brings news of a giant company making a big misstep.
And it’s so big, you could be eligible to receive up to $75.00 if you’ve purchased a bottle of the product in the past six years…
You see, it’s the result of a class action lawsuit against PepsiCo. And it’s breaking new ground when it comes to settlements for deceptive health claims.
But before I tell you how to file for your share, let’s discuss the very disturbing trend occurring in the food industry.
You see, food marketers know you’re concerned about your health. And what better way to rope you into buying their product than by slapping the term “natural” on it?
Now when you see a product that’s labeled “all natural,” you would think it has passed some sort of rigorous regulatory testing or standards.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
As a matter of fact, it turns out a lot of “natural” foods are anything but natural! Truth is the FDA doesn’t even have a definition for the use of the word.
According to the FDA…
“From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is ‘natural’ because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives.”
In other words, “natural” might just be the most meaningless word in the food industry today. And now a lot of class action lawsuits are cropping up over the use of this term.
So let’s look at a few of the products involved in these lawsuits…
It’s a shame that food manufacturers have been able to hijack our food supply and trick us into thinking unhealthy foods are good for us. But I’m glad to see American’s standing up and claiming their right to full disclosure about the foods they eat.
Just take a look at some of the products that are being sued for their deceptive use “all natural” claims…
- Ben & Jerry’s “all natural” ice cream. It might be time to question what’s really in it – like GMOs and partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats.)
- If you’ve seen Campbell’s line of “natural” soup, you may have been tempted to purchase it. But you probably didn’t know the soups contain genetically modified corn products.
- What about Chobani’s Greek yogurt? It’s made with “all natural” ingredients – including artificial flavorings, colorings and chemical preservatives.
- And then there are Frito Lay’s Tostitos and Sun Chips. Both are made with “all natural” ingredients. However, you’ll also get a hefty dose of genetically modified corn and vegetable oil.
While these products are all still facing battle in the court system, there’s one settlement that will put a smile on your face.
The PepsiCo product in question is their “all natural” Naked Juice. Naturally (pun intended) this juice turns out not to be so natural after all.
A class action lawsuit claims the juice contains GMOs. However, the products are advertised as “all natural” and free of genetically modified organisms.
Of course PepsiCo defends their product. But they did agree to set aside a $9 million settlement fund for people who have purchased Naked Juice in the past six years.
Here’s how it works.
Anyone who purchased Naked Juice between Sept. 27, 2007 and Aug. 19, 2013 is eligible for a $45 payout, even if you don’t have a receipt. However, if you do have a receipt you could get up to $75.
I know it’s not a lot of money. But if you shelled out your hard-earned cash on Naked Juice in the past six years I encourage you to request your share of the settlement.
This will send a very loud and clear message that you’re not going to put up with false claims and deceptive practices. It will also cost PepsiCo dearly for deceiving millions of American’s with a decidedly unhealthy product.
And just maybe, if we stay on top of companies and claim our legitimate settlements, the companies will be more responsible. It’s a long-shot, but it’s one I’m willing to take.
Just go to http://www.nakedjuiceclass.com/ and submit your claim by December 17, 2013.