Heinz Hides GMO Corn In 'All Natural' Vinegar, Suit Says

Law360, New York (March 18, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT) -- A California woman filed a putative consumer class action Monday against H.J. Heinz Co., alleging the company violated state and federal law when it falsely advertised its white vinegar as “all natural” even though the product derives from genetically modified corn.

Debbie Banafsheha, who filed the suit in California federal court, said in her complaint that despite the “all natural” designation on the label of Heinz distilled white vinegar, the food maker “sources its ingredients from U.S. commodity suppliers who supply [genetically modified] crops.”

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Case Information

Case Title

Debbie Banafsheha v. H. J. Heinz Company

Case Number



California Central

Nature of Suit

Other Statutory Actions


John F. Walter

Date Filed

March 17, 2014

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