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DF Stauffer Lemon Snaps Contain Little Lemon Illinois Class Action

Should a product called Lemon Snaps contain any real lemon? The DF Stauffer Biscuit Co., Inc. makes drops cookies it sells in bag under the name Lemon Snaps, but the complaint for this class action alleges that the name of the product and the representations on the bag are misleading and deceptive, because the product actually has little or no lemon in it.

The class for this action is all Illinois residents who bought the product during the applicable statutes of limitations.

The complaint alleges that consumers these days are looking for a “healthy indulgence,” meaning a treat that has plenty of flavor but does not appear to be bad them because it contains ingredients that suggest good nutrition and positive health benefits.

Page 2 shows the bag for the product, plus a detail of one part of it. The bag shows the words “Lemon Snaps” in large letters on a yellow ground, and below that, an image of a number of cookies next to two whole lemons and a lemon cross-section slice.

The complaint alleges, “Consumers … expected the Product to contain a non-de minimis amount of lemon ingredients based on the representations.”

Food regulations, both those of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and those of the state of Illinois, require that food be labeled to tell consumers the source of the food’s flavoring. This is because, the complaint claims, consumers value “the real thing” and natural, whole flavoring sources as opposed to substitutes or artificial flavors.

The complaint alleges, “Since consumers are accustomed to foods which seem to all say ‘naturally flavored’ or ‘artificially flavored,’ they will expect the unqualified ‘Lemon Snaps’ with pictures of lemons[] contains lemon ingredients.”

However, the complaint reproduces the ingredient panel to show that nothing is listed that would indicate any appreciable amount of lemon. Instead, the only source of flavoring appears to be “Natural and Artificial Flavors.”

According to the complaint, this phrase “refers to a mix of natural and synthetic source material that is combined in a laboratory, through toxic solvents, containing additives.” This means that “[t]he Product’s ‘Natural and Artificial Flavor’ consists of flavor compounds which imitate the taste provided by real lemons, but with a de minimis amount of lemon, if any.”

Lemon Snaps that do not contain any real lemon cannot provide the health benefits that a portion of real lemon would, the complaint alleges. These include polyphenols, which can reverse cell damage, and vitamin C, an antioxidant.

Furthermore, the complaint points out that the product contains FD&C Yellow #5, a food coloring, which “makes the Product look [yellower], closer to real lemons.”

The complaint implies that all these things are misleading, considering the representations on the package. It claims, “Had [customers] known the truth, they would not have bought the Product or would have paid less for it.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

DF Stauffer Lemon Snaps Contain Little Lemon Illinois Complaint

July 24, 2021

Should a product called Lemon Snaps contain any real lemon? The DF Stauffer Biscuit Co., Inc. makes drops cookies it sells in bag under the name Lemon Snaps, but the complaint for this class action alleges that the name of the product and the representations on the bag are misleading and deceptive, because the product actually has little or no lemon in it.

DF Stauffer Lemon Snaps Contain Little Lemon Illinois Complaint

Case Event History

DF Stauffer Lemon Snaps Contain Little Lemon Illinois Complaint

July 24, 2021

Should a product called Lemon Snaps contain any real lemon? The DF Stauffer Biscuit Co., Inc. makes drops cookies it sells in bag under the name Lemon Snaps, but the complaint for this class action alleges that the name of the product and the representations on the bag are misleading and deceptive, because the product actually has little or no lemon in it.

DF Stauffer Lemon Snaps Contain Little Lemon Illinois Complaint
Tags: Contains Too Little of Featured Ingredients, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels