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."
In the complaint, Banafsheha said the false labels mislead those "willing to pay for the products because...
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