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7UP Lawsuit Over Antioxidant Claims

Amy June Tan4 years ago

A lawsuit has been filed by a Sherman Oaks, California man who purchased Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s 7UP antioxidant drinks. 

About the Lawsuit

  • Although there are advertised pictures of fruit on the various flavors of 7UP labels, the drinks do not contain fruit or juice of any kind. 
  • The promised dosage of antioxidant within the beverage is in fact just a small amount of vitamin E.
  • The FDA also has a policy that “does not consider it appropriate to fortify…snack foods such as candies and carbonated beverages.”
  • The plaintiff claims that he would not have purchased the soda if he had known that it did not contain juices as advertised and if he had known about the small amount of antioxidant

Negative Side Effects of Sugar-Sweetened Drinks

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) released a video called the real bears, which sheds light on the negative side effects from sugar-sweetened beverages. Over the years, CSPI had several encounters with 7UP’s labeling and marketing practices.

In 2006, CSPI threatened to sue to stop the company from referring to 7UP in advertising as “100%  Natural” even though it had high-fructose corn syrup.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sugary beverages are connected to diabetes, obesity, and other health issues.

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