Lawsuit Investigation: Does Prime Hydration Grape Sports Drink Contain Toxic PFAS Chemicals?
Last Updated on May 15, 2023
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At A Glance
- This Alert Affects
- Anyone who purchased a Prime Hydration Grape sports drink.
- What’s Going On?
- Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether the grape-flavored Prime Hydration sports drink contains toxic “forever” chemicals known as PFAS despite being advertised as “naturally flavored.” It’s possible that a class action lawsuit could be filed.
- What Are PFAS?
- Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of synthetic chemicals linked to certain types of cancer, fertility problems, increased cholesterol levels, thyroid disease and more.
- How Could a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
- If filed and successful, a lawsuit could help consumers get back some of the money they spent on the sports drink. It could also force the company to change how it makes or advertises the beverage.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org would like to speak with anyone who has purchased a Prime Hydration Grape sports drink. They have reason to suspect the “naturally flavored” beverage may contain harmful chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Now, the attorneys are investigating whether a class action lawsuit could be filed against Prime over how it advertised the sports drink to consumers.
What Are PFAS?
The term PFAS refers to a large group of human-made chemicals that have been used since the mid-20th century to make consumer and industrial products resistant to heat, oil, grease, stains and water. PFAS are commonly found in a wide variety of everyday items, including nonstick cookware, food packaging, cosmetics, carpets and outdoor apparel, to name a few.
These “forever chemicals” do not break down easily and can accumulate in the environment and in the human body over time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most Americans have been exposed to some PFAS due to their persistent nature and widespread use.
What Are the Health Risks Associated with PFAS Chemicals?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency reports that exposure to certain levels of PFAS has been associated with the following health effects:
- Prostate, kidney and testicular cancer
- Decreased fertility
- Developmental delays in children
- Increased cholesterol
- Suppressed immune function
Other health effects generally linked to PFAS include liver damage, increased risk of asthma and thyroid disease.
Attorneys believe that the grape-flavored Prime Hydration sports drink may contain these dangerous chemicals and should have never been advertised as “naturally flavored.”
How Could a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
A class action lawsuit, if successful, could help customers get back some of the money they spent on the sports drink. A lawsuit could also require Prime to discontinue using any PFAS found in the beverage or change how it markets the product.
It’s worth mentioning that Prime, which offers a line of energy drinks in addition to its Hydration sports drinks, has become a viral sensation since popular Youtubers Logan Paul and KSI first released the brand in January 2022.
Kids and teenagers are especially caught up in the frenzy, as news outlets report that children are clearing Prime drinks off the supermarket shelves despite packaging warnings that the Hydration drinks are “not suitable for children under 15 years of age” and the Energy drinks are “not recommended for children under the age of 18.”
Prime Energy has since been banned in a number of schools due to its high caffeine content, and reports that students are selling the beverage to their peers on school grounds.
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