Quaker Class Action Settlement Prompts Removal of Trans Fats
Audet & Partners, LLP reports that Quaker Oats Co. has settled a class action brought in 2010 alleging false advertising related to statements concerning the use of trans fats, or partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in various Quaker products.
The plaintiffs in the Quaker Oats class action had alleged standing as repeat purchasers of Quaker Oatmeal to Go, and Instant Quaker Oatmeal products. Plaintiffs alleged that in purchasing the Quaker products they had relied on various statements made on the packaging of these products promoting the products as healthy despite containing trans fats.
Under the terms of the settlement accepted by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Quaker has agreed to remove PHOs from Quaker Oatmeal to Go and Instant Quaker Oatmeal by December 31, 2015. The company further agreed to refrain from introducing PHOs into any products included in the litigation for a period of ten years. Finally, Quaker agreed that trans fats do remain in any of these products after December 31, 2014, the company will cease making the statement on the label products that each “contains a dietarily insignificant amount of trans fat.”
If you would like to read the specific terms of the Quaker Settlement, you may click here.
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