Forager Project faces a putative class action alleging that its “cold-pressed” juices undergo a second, high-pressure processing, allegedly amounting to misrepresentation on the product labeling. Berger v. Forager Project, LLC, No. 17-6302 (E.D.N.Y., filed October 28, 2017) The plaintiff asserts that after the juices are cold-pressed and bottled, Forager subjects the bottles to high-pressure treatment that reduces “the biological, enzymatic and bacterial activity which existed after cold-pressing to an extent that is material to reasonable consumers.” In addition, the plaintiff alleges that Forager does not disclose this second step on its labeling, misleading consumers who want cold-pressed juice because of its “greater integrity in composition than if it were made through a centrifugal machine.” The complaint further argues that the name “Forager Project” contributes to consumer deception because “[f]oraging has traditionally referred to the gathering of food from the natural, undisturbed environment.” Claiming violations of New York consumer-protection law, false advertising, fraudulent misrepresentation, implied warranty of merchantability and unjust enrichment, the plaintiff seeks class certification, injunctive relief, damages and attorney’s fees.

The putative class action joins a number of other lawsuits alleging similar claims against World Waters, Hain Celestial Group and PepsiCo filed in the latter half of 2017.

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