Dean Foods Sued For Saying That Its Milk Supports Brain Health

Dairy giant Dean Foods violated consumer fraud laws by claiming that its milk does a body good, a federal lawsuit alleges.  The class action complaint was filed in U.S. District of Illinois and says that the packaging of Dean’s Horizon Organic Milk products includes claims that are not supported by science and mislead consumers into purchasing Dean’s products.  The Dean Foods suit joins several high-profile cases recently to question health claims made on products ranging from juice to toddler formula.  The specific claim on Horizon’s packaging that the lawsuit addresses reads: “DHA Omega-3 supports brain health.”  DHA is typically found in cold water fish.  According to the lawsuit, however, the DHA in Horizon milk is not derived from fish oil but rather mutated and fermneted algae.  The lawsuit claims that Dean’s representations are false, misleading, and reasonably likely to deceive the public.  The suit alleges that such claims lead customers to overpay for the products, which include whole milk, chocolate milk, reduced-fat milk and fat-free milk under the Horizon brand.   The attorneys at Balkan & Patterson, LLP are experienced in class action litigation and will act to protect consumers against corporate wrongdoers. If you believe you have potential for a class action, please contact us immediately and we will review your case at no charge.

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