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ConAgra Sued Over ‘Natural’ Claims

A law firm is inviting consumers to submit claims against companies using the term “natural” on their foods, as the attorneys pursue a class-action lawsuit against ConAgra.

Milberg LLP filed suit against the food giant in June, saying that the company’s Wesson oil contains genetically modified ingredients and therefore doesn’t qualify as “natural,” Grist reports.

On its website, Milberg is now inviting consumers to apply to make a “free genetically modified organisms claim evaluation.” The page doesn’t mention Con-Agra by name, and actually cites food products by several manufacturers.

“Indeed, many companies selling GMO products target health and environmentally-conscious consumers by labeling them as ‘natural,’ even though they are composed of GMOs,” the site says. “For example, Kix cereal, Wesson oil, Pam spray, and Frito Lay chips all claim ‘100% Natural’ on their packaging, but in actuality they contain GMOs.”

Con-Agra makes Pam spray, but General Mills manufactures Kix, and Frito-Lay is a wholly owned subsidiary of PepsiCo.

Grist says the lawsuit could have a far-ranging impact, since up to 70 percent of processed foods sold in retail outlets contain genetically modified ingredients, according to the Center for Food Safety.

“Even though 90% of Americans want companies to disclose whether their products contain GMOs, most companies do not say that their GMO products are GMO,” Milberg says, on its site.

“The outcry against GMOs from other countries has been listened to by some companies, who now sell non-GMO products in those countries, although not in the US. For example, Hershey has developed non-GMO for Europe, although it is not doing so in the US.”

The law firm notes that the EU is seeking to give European nations the ability to limit or ban GMOs.

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4 thoughts on “ConAgra Sued Over ‘Natural’ Claims

  1. I think that we as consumers should not be mis-lead and need to know what is in our foods.. especially with keywords like 100% natural and the like. I am a professional chef and have to deal with this nonsense on a regular basis. It really makes it tough to make quality food for those who truly appreciate my efforts when they (my efforts) are being undermined by capitalist big companies that would deceive us into buying their products. I use iPhone apps to discern between them but they are really getting good at what they do. Be an educated consumer and READ labels. It is difficult to stay true when you are being ‘fed’ lies… Keep up the good fight! Everyone deserves to eat real and good food.

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