Illinois residents who purchased certain bread products, baking mixes and granolas that stated the amount of protein per serving on the front of the packaging.
What’s Going On?
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether some food manufacturers are misleading consumers about how much usable protein each serving of their products provides. If so, they may be able to file class action lawsuits against the companies.
Which Companies Are Under Investigation?
Toufayan Bakeries, Silver Hills, Flatout, Mission Foods and Carbonaut.
How Could Lawsuits Help?
Class action lawsuits could help buyers get some of their money back and potentially force the companies to change how their products are labeled.
What You Can Do
If you live in Illinois and bought any of the bread or other products listed below, fill out the form on this page to help the investigation.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into whether certain bread product makers have misled consumers as to how much protein their products contain — and whether class action lawsuits can be filed.
Specifically, they believe that although the front of certain products’ packaging states that each serving provides a specific amount of protein — such as “7G” or “11G” — consumers may actually receive much less than the stated amount due to the quality of the protein source. The attorneys are now investigating whether these companies violated food labeling regulations by leaving out the percentage of the daily value for protein that each serving of their products contains — which would give consumers a better idea of how much usable protein they are ingesting.
The attorneys believe that some consumers would not have purchased the products at issue, or would not have been willing to pay as much, had they known the items may not provide as much usable protein as represented. As part of their investigation, the attorneys want to speak with Illinois residents who purchased the following products:
▸ Smart Pockets
100% Whole Wheat
▸ Mini Pitettes
▸ Mini Bagels
▸ Flat Bread
Big Red’s Bread – Heritage Grain
Full Seed Ahead Bread
Little Big Bread
Soft Wheat Bread
The Big 16 Bread
The Queen’s Khorasan – Ancient Grain Bread
Burger Buns with Sesame Seeds
Hot Dog Buns
Cinnamon Raisin Bagels
Sesame Sunflower Bagels
Carbdown Light Spinach Flatbread
CarbDown Olive Oil & Sea Salt Flatbread
Foldit 5 Grain Flax Flatbread
Foldit Everything Flatbread
Foldit Rosemary & Olive Oil Flatbread
Foldit Sweet Hawaiian Flatbread
Foldit Traditional White Flatbread
Light Italian Herb Flatbread
Light Original Flatbread
Light Spinach Flatbread
Multigrain with Flax Flatbread
Protein Up Classic White Flatbread
Rustic White Artisan Thin Pizza Crusts
Protein Tortilla Wraps
▸ Baking Mixes
All Purpose Baking Mix
Chocolate Chip Pancake and Waffle Mix
Original Pancake and Waffle Mix
Cinnamon Apple Crumble Granola
Double Chocolate Crunch Granola
Strawberry Vanilla Crisp Granola
Tropical Coconut Cardamom Granola
Gluten Free Hamburger Buns
Gluten Free Hot Dog Buns
Original Hamburger Buns
Original Hot Dog Buns
U.F. Oat Bread
Gluten Free Tortillas
If you live in Illinois and purchased any of these products, fill out the form on this page. You may be able to help get a class action lawsuit started.
Why Might the Stated Protein Content Be Misleading?
Protein, an essential part of the human diet, can come from both plant and animal sources, but not all protein is nutritionally equal. Generally, protein from animal sources contains all nine essential amino acids— the components of protein that are not produced by the human body and must be supplied through diet. These so-called “complete” protein sources are fully digestible and usable by the body for protein synthesis.
Many plant sources of protein, on the other hand, contain only some of the nine essential amino acids and are known as “incomplete” sources of protein. Therefore, a measurement in grams of the protein provided by a particular food may not be an accurate indication of how much usable protein is gained.
For instance, 6 grams of casein, a protein found in dairy products, provides 13% of the 50 grams of the daily value of protein needed for most adults, while 6 grams of wheat gluten provides only 3% of the daily value. For reference, a food that contains 5% or less of the daily value of protein per serving is considered low in protein.
For this reason, any food that contains a statement about protein content on the front label is required to state the percent daily value of protein per serving in its Nutrition Facts panel. According to food labeling regulations, the percent daily value must be calculated using the protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS), which takes into account a protein’s quality.
How Could Class Action Lawsuits Help?
Class action lawsuits could help consumers get back some of the money they spent on food products that may have been improperly labeled and potentially force the manufacturers to change their products’ labels.
If you live in Illinois and bought any of the bread or other products listed above, fill out the form on this page.
After you get in touch, an attorney or legal representative may reach out to you directly to ask you some questions and explain more about what’s involved with filing a class action lawsuit.