Cane Juice Labeling Suit Tossed Pending FDA Decision

By Andrew Scurria (April 3, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a class action alleging Santa Cruz Natural Inc. veiled the presence of sugar in sodas and juices by labeling them as containing evaporated cane juice, saying the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would soon decide the case's dispositive issue.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston tossed the suit under the primary jurisdiction doctrine, deferring to a forthcoming FDA directive on whether companies can use the term to describe sweeteners derived from sugar cane syrup.

The agency announced March 5 that it was re-evaluating a 2009 draft guidance that concluded the term falsely suggests that the...

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