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Whole Foods Class Action Lawsuit

Whole Foods Class Action Lawsuit

Whole Foods recently settled a class action lawsuit brought forth by a Florida consumer who claimed her life was saved after consuming contaminated Kombucha tea. Whole Foods has also agreed to settle a separate class action lawsuit resulting from an injury claim brought against the business, for an additional $4.75 million. Both settlements will result in financial rewards to individuals who have become victims of negligence. However, this is not the only case involving a Kombucha contamination that resulted in a lawsuit. In fact, in just the last three months, there were two more cases involving damages due to Kombucha contamination.

According to the Kombucha contamination example mentioned above, a Kombucha contamination caused consumers to develop what are known as allergic reactions.

Symptoms associated with these allergic reactions range from stomach cramps to dizziness, and in some cases, even death. A number of different companies have filed lawsuits on behalf of their customers claiming that their health was adversely affected by the Kombucha consumption at the time of the contamination. While the majority of the claims in this allergen class action lawsuit were of a financial nature, there were also a few cases that were of direct medical harm or death due to the consumption of contaminated Kombucha tea.

As previously stated, Kombucha tea is an extract used to ferment foods such as Kombucha wine, Kombucha coffee and Kombucha tea.

It can also be added to other food products such as health drinks, ice cream drinks and so on. The fact that it is a natural, organic substance has made it extremely popular among consumers. However, because of this popularity, there has been an increase in unfounded, deceptive and frivolous food product claims. There have been many cases in which consumers have claimed that they developed illnesses or ailments as a direct result of drinking certain Kombucha wine or Kombucha tea.

One of the latest frivolous lawsuits involves claims of gender discrimination.

On a website for a Kombucha distributor, the website states that “porky plaintiffs” may wear any “ponytail” or “little boy” dress code they wish to wear. In addition to being gender discriminatory, this language is blatantly sexual. Kombucha distributors have also distributed fliers that state, “All girls should join us! “.

Another supposed class action lawsuit involves the claim that Kombucha and Kool-Aid are the same thing. On websites for Kool-Aid brands, the suggested dress code is “boy cut short.” In addition to being sexually discriminatory, the language used in this example is inappropriate in most professional environments.

The suggestion that Kool-Aid and Kombucha are the same thing is also demonstrated to be untrue by the Kool-Aid brand’s use of the term “Koolie,” which refers to an effervescent beverage. Kool-Aid’s use of “Koolie” is on their label only and does not imply that all Kool-Aid products are alike.

One other example of a frivolous class action lawsuit involves claims that vanilla flavoring from Kombucha is the same as that from vanilla extract. There is no basis for this type of lawsuit. Vanilla flavoring, while somewhat similar to Kombucha’s extract, does not contain the Kombucha’s main active ingredient. While both are derived from yeast, neither contains vanilla. Therefore, such an argument would be frivolous and should not even be brought into a court of law.

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