Trader Joe'sTrader Joe’s Co. illegally mislabels its products to disguise the amount of sugar, preservatives and added colors they contain, according to a class action lawsuit filed Monday.

Customers Amy Gitson, Christine Vodicka and Deborah Ross allege in the Trader Joe’s class action lawsuit that the grocery chain recognizes that natural and health claims drive sales and actively promotes the “naturalness and health benefits” of its products. However, many of these products actually contain added artificial coloring, chemical preservatives and sugar not listed on the label.

For example, some of these products state they contain sugar in the Nutrition Facts panel, but “sugar” or “dried cane syrup” are not listed in the ingredients. Instead, Trader Joe’s lists “evaporated cane juice” as an ingredient despite the FDA specifically warning companies not to use this term because it is false and misleading, the class action lawsuit says.

The plaintiffs also say Trader Joe’s falsely pledges to its customers that its products are free from coloring and preservatives when in truth they contain undisclosed coloring agents and chemicals.

For example, Trader Joe’s French Village Strawberry Nonfat Yogurt utilizes beet juice as an added artificial ingredient, according to the class action lawsuit. Similarly, Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Truffles contain the chemical preservative tocopherols (TCP).

The Trader Joe’s class action lawsuit further claims the grocery store chain misleads consumers into believing its soy milk brand serves as a substitute for dairy milk.

The plaintiffs are seeking to represent a proposed class of all persons in the U.S. who, within the last four years, purchased Trader Joe’s food products labeled with the ingredient “Evaporated Cane Juice” or “Organic Evaporated Cane Juice;” containing added preservatives or artificial colors; or that misrepresented to be a form of milk.

It is seeking damages, restitution, disgorgement of profits and more for claims of untrue, misleading and deceptive advertising; unfair business practices and other claims.

The Trader Joe’s False Labeling Class Action Lawsuit case is Amy Gitson et al. v. Trader Joe’s Co., Case No. 13-cv-01333, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The plaintiffs are represented by Ben F. Pierce Gore of Pratt & Associates.


We tell you about cash you can claim EVERY WEEK! Sign up for our free newsletter.


All class action and lawsuit news updates are listed in the Lawsuit News section of Top Class Actions

Top Class Actions Legal Statement
©2008 – 2013 Top Class Actions® LLC
Various Trademarks held by their respective owners

Please note: Top Class Actions is not a settlement administrator or law firm. Top Class Actions is a legal news source that reports on class action lawsuits, class action settlements, drug injury lawsuits and product liability lawsuits. Top Class Actions does not process claims and we cannot advise you on the status of any class action settlement claim. You must contact the settlement administrator or your attorney for any updates regarding your claim status, claim form or questions about when payments are expected to be mailed out.



  • tina young April 11, 2013

    i have shopped at trader joes for almost 20 years. if this is true, i may as well have spent all my thousands of dollars at mcdonalds.

  • Amanda Hernandez April 17, 2013

    I always shop at Trader Joes for the reason that it is healthier….

  • Audrey Graham December 29, 2014

    I received a check for $39.90 today, 12/29/14 from the settlement.

  • Patricia December 29, 2014

    I received a check for $33.26 12/29/14

    Happy New Year.
    I’m in the money, I’m in the money we have a lot of what it takes to get along.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

View all: ,