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A class action lawsuit alleges that the Campbell Soup Company violates consumer protection laws with its marketing of Healthy Request Chunky Grilled Chicken & Sausage Gumbo Soup as “healthy” even though the soup contains artificial trans fats.
The Campbell Soup artificial trans fat class action lawsuit cites numerous studies “under a broad range of test conditions, spanning different geographical regions and populations, under both controlled trial conditions and in free-living populations” that found that trans fatty acids “raise your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels.”
“Notwithstanding the scientific consensus that artificial trans fat increases the risk of heart disease and other chronic morbidity, Campbell falsely and misleadingly markets Healthy Request Gumbo with numerous health and wellness claims intended to convince consumers the product is healthy,” the class action complaint asserts.
The lawsuit contends that Campbell Soup started intentionally rebranding itself as “healthy” and having “wellness benefits” in 2006. By 2011, its new Healthy Request soups were some of the most popular soups sold by Campbell.
The Campbell soup class action lawsuit says that part of Campbell’s “wellness” branding includes a certification by the American Heart Association on all of its Healthy Request soups, which requires a fee, but has been shown to increase sales.
In addition, the Campbell Gumbo Soup can states that it is “heart healthy” and “made with lean chicken.” However, “Campbell intentionally adds partially hydrogenated soybean oil, containing artificial trans fat, to Healthy Request Gumbo,” claims the class action.
The complaint argues that the addition of artificial trans fat makes the soup “misbranded” and deceptively advertised under state and federal law.