the Organic Review: Campbell’s Soup Being Sued for “Natural” Label, Uses GM Corn

By on June 25, 2013

by Ali Papademetriou

Food labels are sometimes humorous to the health-conscious consumer but have ultimately shaped the way shoppers perceive various products, such as ‘diet soda’ for instance.

Many shoppers view ‘diet’ soft drinks as a healthier option than regular cola, but the potentially dangerous chemicals such as aspartame, caramel color and BPA that are present in nearly all diet sodas are far riskier than they will probably ever be advertised.

Another controversial ingredient that is mislabeled is the infamous genetically modified organism (GMO). Nearly all processed foods contain GMO – normally soy, corn, wheat, and canola ingredients. Regardless of the food company not blatantly displaying that their products contain GMOs, most products such as Goldfish crackers and Tostito’s chips actually advertise their foods as “all natural”, which is a lie.

Campbell’s Soup Company is one of those “all natural” fibbers and is now facing a lawsuit by Florida residents. Mark Krzykwa filed the suit last year, which claims that Campbell’s knowingly mislabeled its soups containing genetically modified corn as “all natural”.

With attempts of dismantling the case against them, Campbell’s argued that it’s the job of the Food and Drug Administration to approve their soups anyway; therefor it’s the agency’s wrongdoing. US District Court Judge William P. Dimitrouleas didn’t agree during his ruling on May 24. “We do not even know whether, when reviewing the label for whether it was ‘misleading,’ the USDA even knew that the soup contained GMO corn, particularly as there is nothing the soup label to so indicate,” he explained.

Dimitrouleas also detailed that the FDA “simply does not regulate those claims.”

In 2010, four women who argued that the “low sodium” tomato soup contained just as much sodium as the regular tomato soup sued Campbell’s. In September of 2011, the ladies were awarded $1.05 million in damages.

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  1. Alex

    June 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Dr. Thierry Vrain, formerly Head of Biotechnology @ Agriculture Canada’s Summerland Research Station, once a supporter of GMO is now sharing his understanding of why the science behind genetic engineering is flawed.

    It’s high time that Peter Mansbridge interviews Dr Thierry Vrain on the National regarding the contents of his recent Ted talk entitled The Gene Revolution, The Future of Agriculture:

    Canadians need to be getting more information from our public broadcaster regarding problems with GMO in agriculture.

    Petition CBC News, The National to Interview Dr Thierry Vrain Regarding GMO & The Future of Agriculture

  2. Mike Robbins

    June 25, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    These companies will eventually learn. It’s time to kick it into high gear. Everytime we go into a restaurant or grocery store we need to ask about their non GMO products! Be ready to answer questions if possible have a flyer handy so they can look it up at their convenience and pass it along to other management. Call places like Target that have promised to get rid of or at least label GMO products and thank them and tell them you will be shopping there instead of places like Walmart. When you cook a meal for friends and family that is non GMO let them know that it is safe and doesn’t have GMOs and explain the difference. Email all of your favorite restaurant in grocery stores and let them know how much it matters to you. We are making a difference and we are reaching the tipping point we’re going to win this!

  3. Kathy

    June 25, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Whomever eats anything from Campbell’s or a similar big business brand has it coming. Make your own soup, it ain’t difficult, has less sodium and is better for you than the crap that comes in a can.

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