According to a news source, a Florida resident has filed a putative class action against Kraft Foods Global, Inc., alleging that the packaging for its Oscar Mayer® deli meat products misleads consumers by declaring the meat to be 98 percent fat free, with 50 calories per serving. McDougal v. Kraft Foods, Inc., No. 11-61202 (S.D. Fla., filed May 23, 2011). The plaintiff contends that consumers are misled to believe that just 2 percent of the 50 calories come from fat, when 20 percent of the calories per serving actually come from fat.

Seeking to certify statewide and nationwide classes, the plaintiff alleges
violation of consumer protection laws, breach of express warranty and unjust
enrichment. The complaint is similar to one filed in a different federal district
in Florida in April. Additional details about that lawsuit appear in Issue 391 of
this Update. See Law360, May 24, 2011.

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