by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq./www.liattorney.com
“Say it ain’t so Joe,” but alas even Trader Joe’s was faced with a class action law suit claiming false and misleading use of “All Natural” and “100% Natural” labels on food products. The suit claimed that Trader Joe’s charged a premium on food products falsely labeled “All Natural” and “100% Natural,” as they contained synthetic and artificial ingredients such as xanthan gum.
A Federal Court Judge has preliminarily approved a settlement for approximately $3.4 million dollars, with final approval scheduled for a July hearing. The money set aside is in part to be used to reimburse customers with and without receipts for the offending food products, including a variety of cookies, juice, rolls, cheese and more.
This case represents the mere tip of the “All Natural” litigation ice berg, which has been allowed to form courtesy of the FDA and their refusal to define the word “Natural.” The bottom line is that the food industry is big business and food stores are in that business to make money. The FDA is suppose to safeguard consumers against the malevolence of big business, but as many believe, that is like asking the fox to watch the hen house.
We need a governmental food agency that actually does their purported job of protecting American consumers. The best way to effectuate change is through a massive grass roots movement by the people. If people in every state complain to their Senators, Congressmen and Governors about the real need to eliminate the FDA and establish a new governmental food agency free of outside influence, all things are possible. When politicians are convinced that the people demand a change and that their political careers depend upon it, we will succeed in getting the wolves to turn upon themselves.
If you believe it is time to do away with the FDA and replace it with a food only governmental agency that truly protects the American consumer, then take a first proactive step by signing a petition to do so at www.change.org/petitions/kathleen-sebelius-u-s-secretary-of-health-and-human-services-do-away-with-the-fda-and-replace-it-with-a-new-food-only-governmental-agency-that-truly-protects-consumers?recruiter=82663938&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm
_campaigh=petition_invitation. Together we can make a better tomorrow.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.