Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has reportedly announced that it will remove its 7UP products with antioxidants from the market by early 2013. The company evidently denied that its decision was related to a lawsuit filed against it by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which had alleged that the products were falsely advertised. Additional information about CSPI’s lawsuit appears in Issue 461 of this Update. According to a Dr. Pepper statement, the decision to reformulate the product for consistency across its brands was made in 2011 and that it had met with CSPI to discuss the organization’s claims this summer. The company also noted that its 7UP Cherry clearly states on the label that it is a “cherry-flavored soda that does not contain juice.” See Associated Press, November 8, 2012.

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