General Mills Beats Part Of Artificial Flavoring Suit

By Celeste Bott (July 30, 2021, 4:15 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge on Thursday trimmed a proposed class action claiming that General Mills misled consumers with claims that its products contain no artificial flavors, saying the lead plaintiff failed to show a likelihood of personal future harm and can't pursue injunctive relief.

The lawsuit, first filed in August 2019, says General Mills labeled its popular fruit-flavored snacks — including Fruit by the Foot, Gushers and Fruit Roll-ups, among others — with false and misleading claims that they contain no artificial flavors, though the products contain malic acid to make them taste tart and fruity. 

General Mills concedes that malic...

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