As you may or may not know I do not consume dairy products. So almond, coconut, hemp or any other plant based milks are a staple in my diet. I recently found out that a class action lawsuit against one of the more popular brands of almond milk, Almond Breeze. I mostly buy Silk milk products or Trader Joe’s Almond Milk, I have purchased Almond Breeze in the past. Blue Diamond Growers is the parent company that makes Almond Breeze, Blue Diamond almonds and Nut Thins.
The lawsuit alleges that Blue Diamond Growers inaccurately label their products as natural. The packaging for Almond Breeze and Nut Thin products were advertised as ‘All Natural’ when in fact they contain synthetic ingredients. The synthetic ingredients in question are potassium citrate, synthetic Vitamin A Palmitate and Vitamin D-2. Also Blue Diamond falsely or did not report the amount of almonds in its almond milk.
The lawsuit also alleges that the ingredient list included ‘Evaporated Cane Juice’, the label did not disclose the amount or percentage of almonds in the product and the packaging contained the ‘heart check mark’ from the American Heart Association. You are eligible for a claim if you purchased Almond Breeze or Nut Thins between May 28, 2009 and November 18, 2016.
This is a good example of a common problem now that manufacturers know more consumers are looking for ‘natural’ products. I see many junk products using natural on the label when they contain all kinds of lab made, artificial ingredients. This isn’t limited to food but also beauty, cleaning and healthcare products. On the FDA’s website it states:
FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives.
Well there you have it. Natural has no meaning…according to the federal government anyway. So we definitely need to educate ourselves and read labels. And research ingredients. If it’s something you can’t pronounce, have never heard of or contains more than 10 letters – avoid it.
Here’s is the website to submit a claim: http://www.breezeandthinssettlement.com
The last day to submit a claim is Thursday April 13th, 2017. Without proof of purchase you can receive up to $5 and with proof of purchase up to $10. So don’t delay if you purchased any of these products. And read those products labels carefully.
Have you ever received money from a class action lawsuit?