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General Mills Mac and Cheese Products Phthalates Content Class Action

This class action brings suit against General Mills, Inc., alleging that a long list of the company’s Mac & Cheese products contain ortho-phthalates or phthalates. The complaint alleges that the substances are “dangerous and harmful chemicals” that have been linked to a number of diseases and conditions, and that they are particularly dangerous for pregnant women and children.

The class for this action is all consumers who bought the Products anywhere in the US during the applicable statutes of limitations. The products at issue include a long list of macaroni and cheese products, listed on pages 1-2 of the complaint.

According to the complaint, phthalates have been linked to “asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity, Type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues.”

Despite this, the complaint alleges that the company markets the Mac & Cheese products in a way that appeals to health-conscious consumers, claiming that they are organic or made with organic ingredients and that they don’t contain artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. The mascot for the packaging is a bunny which appears along with the phrases “Bunny of Approval” and “Made with Goodness!”

The complaint alleges, “These representations and pictures are done to send the message to parents, caregivers, and their children (as well as all consumer) that [General Mills’s] Products are healthy and safe food.”

The complaint alleges, “Because [General Mills’s] products are contaminated with phthalates (which is something that they have the ability to completely control) these representations are false, deceptive, and willfully malicious.”

How do the phthalates come to be in the products? The complaint says, “The phthalates enter the Products from the Product packaging and machines used to make the Products.” It quotes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as saying, “[P]epole are exposed to phthalates by eating and drinking foods that have been in contact with containers and products containing phthalates.”

The FAQ section of the company’s website admits, “We are troubled by the recent report of phthalates found in dairy ingredients of macaroni and cheese and take this issue seriously.” It also admits that its products contain these substances. However, it claims that the phthalates in its mac and cheese products are below the European Food Safety Authority limits. It claims, “We are also working closely with our industry partners … to better understand this emerging issue and determine how Annie’s can be part of the solution.”

The complaint alleges that General Mills should have warned consumers about the presences of these chemicals and that it has practiced fraudulent concealment and has breached its warranties, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

General Mills Mac and Cheese Products Phthalates Content Complaint

April 1, 2021

This class action brings suit against General Mills, Inc., alleging that a long list of the company’s Mac & Cheese products contain ortho-phthalates or phthalates. The complaint alleges that the substances are “dangerous and harmful chemicals” that have been linked to a number of diseases and conditions, and that they are particularly dangerous for pregnant women and children.

General Mills Mac and Cheese Products Phthalates Content Complaint

Case Event History

General Mills Mac and Cheese Products Phthalates Content Complaint

April 1, 2021

This class action brings suit against General Mills, Inc., alleging that a long list of the company’s Mac & Cheese products contain ortho-phthalates or phthalates. The complaint alleges that the substances are “dangerous and harmful chemicals” that have been linked to a number of diseases and conditions, and that they are particularly dangerous for pregnant women and children.

General Mills Mac and Cheese Products Phthalates Content Complaint
Tags: Breach of warranty, Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Food Contamination