PepsiCo’s Naked Juice Laced with Synthetic and GMO Ingredients
After all it was too good to be true… anyone who knows Pepsico knows there is always a toxic ingredient.
By Christina Sarich
PepsiCo has recently agreed to settle out of court for $9 million over a class action lawsuit that claimed ‘natural’ and ‘non-GMO’ on their bottles was misleading since they are made with GMO ingredients, as well as synthetic and ‘unnatural’ items.
The plaintiffs in the suit claimed that PepsiCo gave the “the false impression that the beverages vitamin content is due to the nutritious fruits and juices, rather than the added synthetic compounds such as
calcium pantothenate (synthetically produced from formaldehyde)”
- “Fibersol-2 (a proprietary synthetic digestion-resistant fiber produced by Archer Daniels Midland and developed by a Japanese chemical company)
- fructooligosaccharides (a synthetic fiber and sweetener)
- inulin (an artificial and invisible fiber added to foods to … increase fiber content without the typical fiber mouth-feel).
The amount of synthetic additives in Naked juices are quite possibly more than anything ‘natural’ at all. It certainly isn’t a ‘100% juice” smoothie as the labeling on the bottle currently states. Naked juices contain up to 11 different chemicals including: niacinamide, d-alpha tocopherol acetate, cyanocobalamin, and pyridoxine hydrochloride, just to name a few.
Under the deal the consumer plaintiffs lodged with the federal court, Naked Juice will continue to deny the allegations that its product labels were misleading or false but agreed shell out $9 million for a settlement fund and to redesign the labels to either eliminate or modify the representations at issue. The deal allows for the plaintiffs’ counsel to ask the court for attorneys’ fees and expenses of up to $3.12 million, to be paid from the settlement fund.
Not surprisingly Pepsi Co donated more than $2.5 million dollars to help defeat Proposition 37 in California that would have required companies like Pepsi to label all products that contain GMOs in any form. The ‘Right to Know” ballot was defeated due to special interest groups like Syngenta, Dow, Monsanto, Pepsi Co, and others who helped finance its demise.
If you want real juice, try putting some organic apples, lemons and kale in a juicer. No corporate lies need to be added to the recipe.