Canada Dry Ginger Ale is the only soda you'll ever find in my parent's house.
On the back of a can it reads 35 grams of sugar, which is what would sway many health nuts like my parents to stop buying this product, and yet they still do.
According to them, Canada Dry is a healthier alternative and can help calm stomach aches. All because of one ingredient: ginger.
The can is advertised as "Made From Real Ginger," but a couple class action lawsuits would beg to differ.
A New York woman is suing the parent company of Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, for allegedly tricking customers into believing that the soda contains real ginger.
Julie Fletcher claims she didn't know the carbonated soda didn't have ginger root, or else she wouldn't have bought the product to help calm her children's stomach aches.
"Ms. Fletcher believed this meant that Canada Dry was made using ginger root and was, as a result, a healthier alternative to regular sodas," her lawyer writes in the lawsuit.
The complaint claims that the advertising of the product is deceptive when there's only a "minuscule amount of ginger flavor extract."
The suit alleges that the amount of ginger is so small that it wouldn't have any health benefits.
"Instead, Canada Dry Ginger Ale is made from carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, preservatives and 'natural flavors,' i.e., a flavor compound comprised predominantly of flavor extracts not derived from ginger, and a minuscule amount of a ginger flavor extract," the lawsuit states.
As people are becoming more health conscious, food companies are working to market their products in a more favorable light.
“[The company’s] misrepresentations have misled millions of consumers and caused them to pay a premium for Canada Dry beverages,” the complaint states.
This isn't the first time someone has called out Canada Dry...
In April, a U.S. District Court in Missouri found that the label “Made from Real Ginger” could be false or misleading to a reasonable consumer.
Lab tests revealed that the drink does not contain ginger, but the company argued that ginger is used to make the natural flavoring in the drink.
And last year, another class action lawsuit was filed against Canada Dry for false advertising.
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