Cumberland Packing Corp. and a group of consumers have reached a
settlement agreement in a lawsuit alleging that Cumberland Packing
Corp. misrepresents its Stevia in the Raw® sweetener products as all
natural despite containing genetically modified organisms. Frohberg
v. Cumberland Packing Corp., No. 14-0748 (E.D.N.Y., motion filed
February 22, 2016). Under the agreement, Cumberland will pay up to
$1,547,000 to reimburse class members with $2.00—or 40 percent of
the average purchase price—per purchase of Stevia in the Raw®, to a
maximum of $16 per person. In addition, Cumberland will remove “100%
Natural” or “All Natural” label claims.

 

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