An Arizona consumer claims in a proposed class action that the maker of Mon Cuisine-brand frozen meals significantly misrepresents key nutritional information on the products’ packaging.
More specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Mon Cuisine products contain as much as four times the amount of calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, and carbohydrates per serving than the amount stated on the products’ Nutrition Facts labels. According to the suit, defendant Alle Processing Corp. represents that there is only one 10-ounce serving per Mon Cuisine container when each package, in truth, contains 40 ounces of food.
“In other words,” the complaint states, “each of Defendant’s Nutrition Facts statements are misrepresented by one-fourth—i.e., a Mon Cuisine package that states there is [sic] only 260 calories in a serving and therefore in a container is inaccurate because there are 1,040 calories in the container.”
The misrepresentation of key nutritional information on Mon Cuisine’s Nutrition Facts labels “deviates well beyond the bounds of any margin of error,” according to the complaint. The suit argues that the misleading statements are substantial enough to render the product misbranded under the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Alle Processing Corp., for its part, “had no reasonable basis to believe that the Nutrition Fact statements on its labels were accurate,” the case alleges, stressing that the company knew, or at least should have known, that Mon Cuisine labels were “deceptive, misleading, and failed to comply with applicable laws and regulations.”
Per the lawsuit, the plaintiff and other consumers would not have purchased the frozen meals had they known the truth about the products’ nutritional content.
The plaintiff looks to represent anyone in the U.S. who, within the applicable statutory limitations period, purchased a Mon Cuisine product on which the nutrient label misrepresented the nutritional content of the meal.
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