Courts in the Northern District of California continue to turn away lawsuits alleging that food and beverage companies must adjust protein content claims to account for protein digestibility. In Brown v. Nature’s Path Foods, Inc., 2022 WL 717816 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 10, 2022), Judge Gilliam observed that recent FDA guidance reaffirms that companies may
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As discussed in our recent post, a court in the Northern District of California recently dismissed a complaint against Kashi involving its front-of-pack protein content claims. See Nacarino v. Kashi Co., No. 21-CV-07036-VC, 2022 WL 390815, at *1 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 9, 2022). That decision confirmed that food manufacturers may use the “nitrogen method” to calculate protein content claims made outside the Nutrition Facts Label and that plaintiffs’ theory that manufacturers must adjust such claims to reflect protein digestibility is preempted. Judge Seeborg, also of the Northern District of California, followed in the footsteps of the Kashi court on February 15 by dismissing with prejudice a virtually identical case against KIND. See Chong v. KIND LLC, No. 21-CV-04528-RS, 2022 WL 464149 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 15, 2022).Continue Reading Second Court Upholds Industry-Standard Method for Calculating Front-of-Pack Protein Content Claims
Many food companies now make quantitative protein content claims on the front of pack or elsewhere on their product labels outside the Nutrition Facts Label (NFL), such as the example from a recent case below:
FDA regulations direct manufacturers to use the “nitrogen method”—which generally calculates protein content by multiplying the nitrogen content of the food by 6.25—when calculating the amount of protein reported inside the NFL. Companies have generally used the same method for protein claims made elsewhere on the label, i.e., outside the NFL.Continue Reading A Closer Look: Court Upholds Industry-Standard Method for Calculating Front-of-Pack Protein Content Claims