A class action lawsuit has been filed against Whole Foods Market claiming that its 365 Everyday Value Plain Greek Yogurt was marketed as having only two grams of sugar per serving, when it actually has 11.4 grams of sugar per serving. According to the lawsuit, Greek yogurt generally has between five and 10 grams of sugar per serving. Many in the industry were skeptical when Whole Foods claimed that its yogurt only had two grams of sugar per serving. Consumer Reports performed six tests on the yogurt, and discovered the discrepancy between what Whole Foods alleged and the truth.
The plaintiffs claim that they have been harmed by the increased sugar content in the yogurt. Whole Foods markets itself as a healthier alternative to other stores, but has made false claims about the health content of its yogurt. According to the lawsuit, $7 billion worth of yogurt is sold in the U.S. each year, and Greek yogurt makes up a large portion of that market because of its high protein content and perceived health value.
The lawsuit points out that the sugar content of a food product can be critical information. For people with health problems, such as diabetes, the sugar content can be a deciding factor in whether to make the purchase. For individuals with weight problems, carefully monitoring sugar intake is important. If a manufacturer lies about how much sugar is contained in its food products, that defeats the efforts of consumers to eat in a healthy manner.
Companies cannot lie about or fudge the health data on the food products they manufacture. If they do, they can be held legally liable for damages in court. If you have purchased a product with false or misleading information, contact our product liability attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 888-894-0119. We can help you hold the company responsible.