Fruit Roll-Ups Sued Over Health Claims

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Watch out, y'all -- the grocery store is a mighty dangerous place these days.

First, those naughty folks at Kellogg claimed they could keep the common cold away with a little snap, crackle and pop, and now Fruit Roll-Ups are out to get you -- at least, that's what one New York City woman claims.
In a class-action lawsuit she filed against General Mills, the maker of the popular kids' snacks, Payton McClure of Brooklyn, N.Y., says the company is fibbing when it claims the roll-ups, as well as Fruit by the Foot and Fruit Gushers, are low fat, naturally flavored and a good source of Vitamin C, according to the New York Daily News.

The $5 million lawsuit, which was filed June 22, alleges that General Mills fails to disclose on packaging that the snacks are also made with partially hydrogenated oil, which is "dangerous and unhealthy," the Daily News reports.

"Unfortunately for consumers and, including children, all these claims are false and misleading," the suit states.

General Mills is an umbrella for plenty of well-known food brands, including perennial parent favorite Cheerios, as well as Green Giant, Pillsbury and Haagen-Dazs. The fruit snacks are distributed under the Betty Crocker brand.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.