These days, we all want the best and the most nutritious food for our bodies.
Gone are the days that filling ourselves up with artificial agents and processed ingredients was the norm. Even those of us who are cool with snacking on foods billed as unhealthy typically do so with the knowledge that what we are ingesting isn't exactly optimal for our bodies.
Perhaps that is why a class-action lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles federal court by a former Krispy Kreme customer named Jason Saidian. According to the Washington Times, Saidian claims that the doughnut chain fills its fruit-filled and maple-glazed products with "nutritionally inferior ingredients," thereby rendering it guilty of not only false advertising, but also fraud.
"Unbeknownst to Plaintiff and other consumers, the Raspberry Products do not contain actual raspberries, the Maple Products do not contain actual maple syrup or maple sugar and the Blueberry Products do not contain actual blueberries," Washington Post reports the lawsuit as reading. Is it just us, or does that not sound like a line straight out of Willy Wonka?
The snozzberries taste like snozzberries, folks!
The lawsuit goes on to allege that Krispy Kreme has conducted "false and misleading business practices" because varieties of the chain's doughnuts, such as the "Glazed Raspberry Filled,” “Glazed Blueberry Cake” and “Maple Iced Glazed,” are not actually made with the ingredients listed in their names.
Saidian claims that he would not have purchased the doughnuts had he been aware that other than using the real fruit, the company uses things like gums, artificial food coloring, sugar and corn syrup to mimic the shape and color of things like blueberries, raspberries and other naturally occurring products.
"Plaintiff and other consumers purchased the Products, reasonably relying on Defendant's deceptive representation about the Products, and believing that each of the Products contained its respective Premium Ingredient. Had Plaintiff and other consumers known that the Products did not contain their Premium Ingredients, they would not have purchased the Products or would have paid significantly less for the Products. Therefore, Plaintiff and consumers have suffered injury in fact as a result of Defendant’s deceptive practices," the complaint says, per the Washington Post.
"As a result of their misleading business practice, and the harm caused to Plaintiff and other consumers, Defendant should be required to pay for all damages caused to consumers, including Plaintiff. Furthermore, Defendant should be enjoined from engaging in these deceptive practices."
Attorneys are seeking $5 million in damages and class-action status against Krispy Kreme.