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Patrick J. McNamara is a environmental attorney who writes articles on environmental, public law, and renewable energy & green initiatives.
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Court Dismisses Lawsuit Over “Slightly Sweet” Tea
Author: Patrick J. McNamaraDate: September 15, 2021
Coca-Cola Co. did not mislead consumers by labeling its Gold Peak iced tea as “slightly sweet,” according to a federal court judge. The court held in Mazella v. The Coca-Cola Co. that the plaintiff failed to plausibly allege that the term misleads consumers into believing the tea is low in sugar.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not define the term “low sugar.” However, the regulator has established conditions of use for “sugar-free” and “reduced/less sugar” nutrient content claims. Claims of “no added sugars” and “without added sugars” are allowed if no sugar or sugar-containing ingredient is added during processing. Meanwhile, “reduced” or “less sugar” claims are permitted on products containing at least 25% less sugar per reference amount customarily consumed than an appropriate reference food.
What New Jersey Residential Developers Need to About the New ERG Program
New Jersey’s Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) Program is up and running again, thanks to the Economic Recovery Act (ERA)......
Baby Food Companies Face Class Action Suits Regarding Toxic Chemicals
In the wake of a congressional report revealing high levels of heavy toxic metal contamination in several brands of popular...
May the Taste of Food be Eligible for Copyright Protection?
In Levola Hengelo BV v. Smilde Food BV (Case C-310/17), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently...
Sugary Cereal Makers Facing Costly Class-Action Suits Over Health and Nutrition Claims
Post Consumer Brands recently agreed to pay $15 million to resolve allegations it misled consumers... Post Consumer Brands recently agreed...
DOI’s Controversial Offshore Drilling Plan Draws Legal Challenges
February 15, 2018
The DOI Recently Unveiled its Proposed 5-Year Offshore Drilling Plan and it's Already Facing Legal Challenges The Department of the...
New Jersey Injury Lawsuit Highlights Need for Safety Precautions
December 4, 2017
Softball Player’s Injury Lawsuit Highlights Need for Safety Precautions The Appellate Division recently revived the lawsuit of a New Jersey...
OSHA Fines Will Soon Become Very Costly
July 26, 2016
Fines assessed by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will increase significantly next month. OSHA is one of several government...
FDA Seeking to Define “Natural” for Food Labeling
January 19, 2016
As store shelves become crowded with products that feature food labeling purporting to be “natural,” the U.S. Food and Drug...
New Jersey Joins Legal Challenge to EPA’s Clean Power Plan
November 5, 2015
The EPA Clean Power Plan New Jersey recently joined 23 other states in challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean...