Mrs. Paul’s, Van de Kamp’s fish sticks aren’t ‘100% fish’, lawsuit claims

By Jonathan Stempel

(Reuters) – A brand new lawsuit accuses Conagra Manufacturers of deceiving shoppers by “quick weighting” its Mrs. Paul’s and Van de Kamp’s frozen fish merchandise and falsely claiming they’re “100% complete fish.”

In a proposed class motion filed on Tuesday in Chicago federal courtroom, three shoppers mentioned Conagra artificially boosts the load of 10 fish stick and fish fillet merchandise by including water and sodium tripolyphosphate, “which can then ooze out as a white goo” when cooked.

The shoppers mentioned sodium tripolyphosphate, a compound with business makes use of together with in detergents, will increase weight by a median 13%, inflicting them and others to overpay.

“An inexpensive client has no purpose to verify what a product consists of when the product labeling is replete with representations that it’s ‘100% Complete Fish,’ wholesome, and caught within the wild,” the grievance mentioned

The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration considers sodium tripolyphosphate protected. Tuesday’s grievance calls it a suspected neurotoxin, registered pesticide and identified air contaminant in massive portions, with out offering the premise for these claims.

Conagra, primarily based in Chicago, declined to touch upon the lawsuit on Wednesday, saying it doesn’t focus on pending litigation. Attorneys for the plaintiffs didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

The plaintiffs are William Martin of California, Catherine Foster of Massachusetts and Cindy Pappert of New York.

They’re looking for unspecified damages for purchasers nationwide of the ten Mrs. Paul’s and Van de Kamp’s fish merchandise during the last 4 years, citing violations of California, Massachusetts and New York client manufacturing legal guidelines.

Conagra faces different litigation over its fish.

In March, a federal choose in Chicago refused to dismiss a lawsuit claiming it misled shoppers into believing that 9 Mrs. Paul’s and Van de Kamp’s merchandise have been sustainably sourced, together with by calling them “Good for the Setting.”

The case is Pappert et al v Conagra Manufacturers Inc, U.S. District Courtroom, Northern District of Illinois, No. 24-04835.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Enhancing by Invoice Berkrot)

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