Why Kellogg's Is Being Sued Over Its Strawberry Pop-Tarts

Kellogg's may be a massive company with scores of products in its portfolio, but it hasn't always managed to stay away from controversy. For example, the company was taken to court for its cereal products. According to Snopes, those who were a part of the lawsuit were upset about Kellogg's deceiving its customers by using terms such as "heart healthy" and "nutritious" for its cereals. Plus, many consumers were led to believe that they would lose weight while consuming Kellogg's products. This wasn't actually the case, considering that many of its cereals have high amounts of sugar and don't live up to the claims made by the company. Several names that made it to the list include Kellogg's Original Raisin Bran, Kellogg's Smart Start Original Antioxidants cereal, and Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size, among others.

Now, Kellogg's has landed in trouble again. According to Fox News, the product in question is the strawberry variant of the company's Pop-Tarts.

Kellogg's is being questioned for its claims

A class-action lawsuit alleges that Kellogg's is not being completely transparent about its Frosted Strawberry Pop-Tarts. In particular, the front of the box reads that the toaster pastries are made using real strawberries. The lawsuit states, "The product's common or usual name of 'Frosted-Strawberry Toaster Pastries' is false, misleading, and deceptive because its filling contains a relatively significant amount of non-strawberry fruit ingredients — pears and apples."

Attorney Andell Brown told Fox News that most people already know and understand that a product like Kellogg's Strawberry Pop-Tarts is not a healthy pick and that they eat it to relish the flavors. Meanwhile, attorney Sarah Gounder added that the box actually does have a "tiny" disclaimer that lets consumers know that it contains other ingredients such as apples and pears. However, she said that an average shopper won't notice the small print and could end up with an allergic reaction to any of these ingredients, which means that Kellogg's may end up in trouble for its claims.