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Cadbury sued over "all natural" Snapple drinks

New Yorker Hemant Mehta sued Cadbury's Scweppes for misleading products, such as its Snapple juice and tea drinks, as "all natural" when they were not.
Reuters | By HT Correspondent, New York
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2007 06:15 PM IST

A New York man sued Cadbury Schweppes Plc on Friday, accusing the company of mislabeling certain products, including its Snapple juice and tea drinks, as "all natural" when they were not.

Hemant Mehta, who wants the suit to become a class action complaint, alleged that the drinks contained high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and "other non-natural products," according to the suit filed in Manhattan federal court.

Mehta also accused the company of misleading consumers about the main ingredients in juice and tea drinks.

Mehta is seeking to represent all people who bought certain Cadbury Schweppes and Snapple drinks over the last six years, and wants damages of at least $100 million on their behalf.

"HFCS does not exist in nature and is not 'minimally processed,'" the complaint said. "Describing HFCS as an 'all natural' ingredient is deceptive and unfair to consumers and competitors."

A Cadbury Schweppes representative was not immediately available for comment.

Rye Brook, New York-based Snapple uses "Made from the best stuff on Earth" as its slogan. British-based Cadbury is the world's largest confectionary company.

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