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General Mills Inc. is being sued over claims that the packaging for Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit by the Foot leads consumers to believe the products contain "real fruit." The person behind the lawsuit is Annie Lam from Daly City, Calif., who brought the class action suit against General Mills on behalf of nationwide consumers.
U.S. District Judge Samuel Conti ruled Thursday that the packaging for these products could have led a consumer to believe that the snacks contain fruit, despite claims from General Mills that the ingredients list fruit from concentrate on the labels. Lam explained that the fruit from concentrate in the snacks, according to the labels, does not represent the flavors of the products — for instance, the strawberry Fruit Roll-Up contains pear concentrate, but no strawberry.
The court also agreed with Lam's claims that the packaging on these products could lead consumers to believe that the snacks are healthy and nutritious, contrary to the listed ingredients, which include dried corn syrup, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, and sugar, among many other things.
Check back for updates as the case, Lam v. General Mills Inc. unfolds.
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