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Weber BBQ Sauce All Natural Class Action Lawsuit

This class action alleges that Weber BBQ Sauce, a product of ACH Foods, is not “all natural” as advertised because it contains caramel coloring, thereby violating consumer protection laws.

The class for this action is all persons who purchased Weber BBQ Sauce in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since October 13, 2011. The following products are included:

  • Original BBQ Sauce
  • Buzz’N Honey BBQ Sauce
  • Hickory Smoke BBQ Sauce
  • Real Molasses BBQ Sauce
  • Kick’N Spicy BBQ Sauce

The complaint alleges that ACH Foods has represented its Weber BBQ Sauces as being “all natural”, through labeling on the front of each bottle and on its website. According to the complaint, a survey of a thousand people from the Consumer Reports National Research Center found that nearly 60 percent of people look for the term “all natural” when they shop for food because they believe that such products are better for them. They are often willing to pay more for such products as well.

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives,” the FDA has considered “natural” to mean that “nothing artificial or synthetic (including colors, regardless of source) has been included in, or has been added to, a food that would not normally be expected to be in the food.”

In the Code of Federal Regulations, synthetic is defined as “a substance that is formulated or manufactured by a chemical process or by a process that chemically changes a substance extracted from naturally occurring plant, animal, or mineral sources, except that such term shall not apply to substances created by naturally occurring biological processes.”

Regarding color additives like caramel color, the FDA explained, “[s]ince all added colors result in an artificially colored food, we would object to the declaration of any added color as ‘food’ or ‘natural.’”

The complaint says that, according to Massachusetts regulations, “‘Natural food’ means food which in its processing has not been treated with preservatives, antibiotics, synthetic additives, artificial flavoring, artificial coloring, or has been processed in such a manner so that it become [sic] significantly less nutritive.”

According to the complaint, then, ACH Foods cannot call Weber BBQ Sauces “all natural” because they contain caramel coloring. The complaint alleges that ACH Foods thus violates consumer protection laws.

 

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

ACH Foods’s Weber BBQ Sauce Alleged Not to Be All Natural

October 13, 2015

The complaint for this class action alleges that Weber BBQ Sauce, a product of ACH Foods, is not “all natural” as advertised because it contains caramel coloring, thereby violating consumer protection laws.

ach_foods.pdf

Case Event History

ACH Foods’s Weber BBQ Sauce Alleged Not to Be All Natural

October 13, 2015

The complaint for this class action alleges that Weber BBQ Sauce, a product of ACH Foods, is not “all natural” as advertised because it contains caramel coloring, thereby violating consumer protection laws.

ach_foods.pdf
Tags: All Natural Claims, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels