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Coca-Cola Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over High PFAS Levels in Simply Orange Juice Products

Over the past year, a growing number of consumer class action lawsuits have also been filed over high levels of PFAS in a wide variety of products, including cosmetics, McDonald’s wrappers and other food containers.

Simply Tropical Orange Juice Class Action Lawsuit

The Coca-Cola class action lawsuit filed this month alleges the manufacturer intentionally misrepresent and falsely advertise their Simply Tropical juice products as safe, using the claims “All Natural” and “healthy”, despite containing the toxic synthetic chemicals, which by definition are not natural, nor healthy.

Lurenz states the Coca-Cola Company, being the large global name that it is, knows the importance of ensuring the product labels are factual for consumers to make informed decisions when choosing healthy products. Yet defendants have intentionally misled customers about the synthetic chemicals found in Simply Tropic juice.

While the specific levels of PFAS found in Simply Tropic juice were not detailed in the complaint, Lurenz states that he had an accredited and independent third-party laboratory test Simply Tropical juice products, which confirmed the presence of PFAS.

Specifically, the testing identified “material levels” of perfluorooctanoic acid (“PFOA”) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, in amounts more than 100 times the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended levels in drinking water.

PFOS and PFOA are two of the most well-studied and well-documented types of PFAS chemicals. Their exposure has been linked to adverse effects on the immune system, the cardiovascular system, human development, and appear to increase the risk of cancer.

“Thus, Defendant’s Product exposes hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting consumers, many of whom are children, to toxic synthetic chemicals at levels far beyond what the EPA deems safe, in direct contradiction to their uniform representations,” Lurenz said in the complaint.

The lawsuits presents claims of fraud, constructive fraud and unjust enrichment, among others, seeking to represent all similarly situated class members.

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