Megan Poinski, Food Dive, October 20, 2017
- Class action lawsuits accusing major soda manufacturers Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple of unfair and deceptive business practices and false advertising for labeling their artificially sweetened drinks “diet” were filed this week in federal court in New York. The lawsuits have separate plaintiffs, but they are all represented by the same law firms and make similar arguments.
- The three lawsuits say a product labeled “diet” makes consumers think it will help them lose weight, but cite scientific studies indicating that artificial sweeteners may actually cause consumers to gain weight. “Some research has shown that sweetness — whether from sugar or noncaloric, artificial sources, increases appetite, which can lead to weight gain. Moreover, ‘[i]nconsistent coupling between sweet taste and caloric content can lead to compensatory overeating and positive energy balance,’ ” the lawsuits all state.
- Representatives from the soda companies and attorneys who spoke to Food Navigator said they don’t believe the lawsuits will go far. They say the Food and Drug Administration has allowed the term “diet” when it is not false or misleading, and the soft drink companies’ use is completely legal.
Latest USRTK In the News
Coca-Cola’s “War” With the Public Health Community
Gary Ruskin, Environmental Health News, April 3, 2018
Internal Documents Show Coke Had Profits in Mind When It Funded Nutrition ‘Science’
Kathlyn Stone, Health News Review, March 28, 2018
Corruption of Science: Why Are Governments Not Banning Monsanto’s Roundup?
Sunita Narain, Business Standard, March 26, 2018
Un Estudio Desvela Cómo Coca-Cola Fundó un Instituto Científico Para Influir en el Debate Sobre la Obesidad
Miguel Ayuso, Directo al Paladar, March 16, 2018
Coca-Cola Sees Public Health Debate as ‘a Growing War,’ Documents Reveal
Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch, March 16, 2018