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7-Eleven Wasabi Delight Snack Mix Has No Wasabi Class Action

Most wasabi comes from Japan. The complaint notes, “Wasabi is labor and time intensive, requiring families to work together on their farms…” 7-Eleven, Inc. offers a Wasabi Delight Flavored Snack Mix under its 7-Select store brand, but the complaint for this class action alleges that the wasabi elements of the snack mix are not in fact flavored with real wasabi, so that the product should have been labeled “Artificially Flavored.”

Two classes have been defined for this action:

  • The New York Class is all persons in New York who bought the product during the applicable statutes of limitations.
  • The Consumer Fraud Multi-State Class is all persons in North Dakota, Rhode Island, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, Kansas, Wyoming, and Delaware who bought the product during the applicable statutes of limitations.

Page 4 of the complaint shows the front of the package, with the words “Wasabi Delight” in the largest font.

The back of the package contains text, including the promise, “Our 7-Select Wasabi Delight Flavored Snack Mix is the kick you’ve been looking for! Loaded with cranberries, nuts, and even crunchy wasabi peanuts…” Below are labeled images of the individual components of the snack mix, including “Wasabi Green Peas” and “Crunchy Wasabi Peanuts.”

The complaint alleges that these statements lead consumers to expect at least some wasabi in the snack mix.

Page 6 shows the ingredient panel. Listed are “Crunchy Wasabi Peanuts” and “Wasabi Green Peas,” along with their individual ingredients.

The Crunchy Wasabi Peanuts are made with Wasabi Seasoning, and that is listed as containing Wasabi Powder, which in turn is shown to contain “Maltodextrin, Mustard Seed” and artificial colors. In other words, the wasabi flavoring for the peanuts is made up of maltodextrin and mustard seed without any wasabi.

The Wasabi Green Peas are listed as being made with “Artificial Wasabi Flavor” and artificial colors—again, without any real wasabi.

“According to the American Chemical Society,” the complaint says, “much of what is sold outside of Japan as ‘wasabi’ is a mix of horseradish, mustard seeds, and artificial dyes.” The complaint claims, “Wasabi is valued for its nutritive and antioxidant properties” as well as its taste. Also, it says, there’s a significant difference between the tastes of real and artificial wasabi.

The complaint quotes food labeling regulations as saying that if a food contains “any artificial flavor which simulates, resembles or reinforces the characterizing flavor, the name of the food on the principal display panel or panels of the label” must “be accompanied by the common or usual name(s) of the characterizing flavor,” along with the words “artificially flavored.”

The artificial coloring of the “wasabi” ingredients is also a problem, the complaint alleges: “Without the added artificial coloring, consumers would be [suspicious] of a product labeled as being flavored by wasabi, because the peanuts and peas would not be bright green.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

7-Eleven Wasabi Delight Snack Mix Has No Wasabi Complaint

November 14, 2021

Most wasabi comes from Japan. The complaint notes, “Wasabi is labor and time intensive, requiring families to work together on their farms…” 7-Eleven, Inc. offers a Wasabi Delight Flavored Snack Mix under its 7-Select store brand, but the complaint for this class action alleges that the wasabi elements of the snack mix are not in fact flavored with real wasabi, so that the product should have been labeled “Artificially Flavored.”

7-Eleven Wasabi Delight Snack Mix Has No Wasabi Complaint

Case Event History

7-Eleven Wasabi Delight Snack Mix Has No Wasabi Complaint

November 14, 2021

Most wasabi comes from Japan. The complaint notes, “Wasabi is labor and time intensive, requiring families to work together on their farms…” 7-Eleven, Inc. offers a Wasabi Delight Flavored Snack Mix under its 7-Select store brand, but the complaint for this class action alleges that the wasabi elements of the snack mix are not in fact flavored with real wasabi, so that the product should have been labeled “Artificially Flavored.”

7-Eleven Wasabi Delight Snack Mix Has No Wasabi Complaint
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Does Not Contain Implied Ingredients