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August 31, 2017

“The raging legal battle over what makes a food ‘natural'”

Despite a year’s worth of promises, the FDA has yet to release guidelines to define the word “natural” on food products. Now, lawsuits against foods marketed as “all natural” are on pace to break last year’s mark, according to the Washington Post.

A food manufacturer defense attorney said without official word from the FDA, this is “where the cases are for the time being.” ILR President Lisa Rickard said these types of suits are “ridiculous” and only benefit the lawyers who file them, as opposed to the consumer.

Rickard points to the recent Subway lawsuit, which was dismissed, as an example of the lucrative plaintiffs’ attorney model of suing food companies. In the proposed settlement, a handful of plaintiffs would have received $500 each, while the lawyers would have walked away with $500,000. A three-judge Milwaukee federal panel unanimously threw out the settlement, calling it a “racket.”

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