Honest Foods Lawsuit
There has been an honest foods lawsuit going on for a while now. What is it all about? It is not really a lawsuit but a class action suit that was filed against a large food manufacturer in California. The suit was filed by the people who claimed that the food company knew that some of their products were dangerous to eat and yet still did not take measures to make sure that they did not sell that type of product. We all know that when a corporation does not take responsibility for their actions, class-action lawsuits are often filed and they usually end up in court.
So what is this all about? The case was about whether or not the Food and Drug Administration was negligent in approving certain food additives. It is important to understand that the FDA is not responsible for the contents of the food nor are they required to approve them. They only monitor and regulate them.
What happened is that a couple of companies made commercialized versions of vitamins and other nutritional products. These products contained a chemical called sodium benzoate. Sodium benzoate is a preservative used to preserve foods. They have always been considered to be safe to eat. This is not the case however, because these sodium benzoate products tend to be absorbed into the food, and then stored in the body where it affects the person’s health.
This lawsuit began in 1997. It is important to understand that it is possible to sue food manufacturers for things that have occurred long before that. It is also possible to sue companies for the things that they contain even after being sold. This case is different because instead of containing the benzoate, the food actually contained a form of sugar. This means that this particular lawsuit must be taken up with the FDA, not the food company.
The food manufacturer in this case, could potentially be fined millions of dollars. If they do win this lawsuit, they will be able to turn around and pay out those fines and make money on the settlement. As the owner of a small food company, this would be a huge benefit to them. The courts typically take about three years to decide on cases, so it may be a while before the company is actually paid.
People that have eaten these types of foods are suffering and want compensation. This type of lawsuit is the best way for them to get their justice. The foods that have been put into question in these lawsuits are not only dangerous, but they are created with dangerous chemicals as well. This puts these products in danger of harming more people than just a few people who may suffer from a bad reaction to it. Food ingredients need to be checked properly, and people need to know what they are putting into their bodies. When they are put into question, the honest foods lawsuit can help those who are suffering get the compensation that they deserve.