From Gawker: Judge Rules Vitaminwater® Is Actually Sugar Water

A federal court on Friday said a lawsuit against the Coca-Cola Company that claims Vitaminwater® is really just sugar water can proceed.

Federal Judge John Gleeson explained his decision to allow the lawsuit, by the Center for Science in the Public Interest to go forward:

In sum, plaintiffs’ allegations sufficiently state a claim that defendants have violated FDA regulations by making health claims about vitaminwater even though it does not meet required minimum nutritional thresholds, by using the word ‘healthy’ in implied nutrient content claims even though vitaminwater’s fortification does not comply with FDA policy, and by using a product name that references only two of vitaminwater’s ingredients, omitting the fact that there is a key, unnamed ingredient [sugar] in the product.”

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