Dr Pepper Nears Win In 'Natural' Applesauce False Ad Fight

By Dorothy Atkins (August 6, 2020, 8:31 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge said Thursday she's inclined to toss a proposed class action alleging a Dr Pepper subsidiary falsely advertises its Mott's applesauce as "natural" when it contains trace levels of pesticides, saying organic products can contain pesticides and it's "highly unlikely" that the FDA would impose stricter limits.

During a hearing held via Zoom, U.S. District Judge Beth Freeman considered pausing Hawyuan Yu's false advertising lawsuit against Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. and its subsidiary Mott's LLP to await the outcome of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's current review of "natural" on food labels. But at the end...

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