Rice Dream classic vanillaA class action lawsuit claims that Hain Celestial Group’s Rice Dream label is misleading as the rice milk contains no vanilla.

Plaintiff Janet Kyszenia says that Hain’s rice beverages are labeled as “Vanilla,” “Classic,” “99% Fat Free,” “Rice Dream,” “Rice Drink” and “Easy to Digest.”

However, the use of the word vanilla is deceptive because the product contains ingredients that are not derived from the vanilla bean.

The plaintiff argues that the consumption of non-dairy milks has proliferated as consumers are avoiding the use of animal products due to health, ethical reasons, dietary goals, and food allergies.

The most prominent milk alternatives are rice, soybeans, and almonds but rice is the most preferred because it is the least allergenic of the three, alleges the plaintiff.



One – two percent of vanillin in use today is derived from the vanilla plant, which means that vanillin does not have any connection to the vanilla bean, declares the class action lawsuit.

“The most persistent challenger to the authenticity of real vanilla has been synthetic versions of its main flavor component, vanillin,” the plaintiff asserts.

In addition, the Rice Dream class action lawsuit argues that if a product is represented as being characterized by vanilla but contains non-vanilla vanillin, it must declare vanillin as an artificial flavor.

The plaintiff notes that “natural vanillin” is not a “natural vanilla flavor” because the raw material is not vanilla beans, but ferulic acid and eugenol.

By labeling a product as containing “vanilla,” this gives the consumer the impression that the entire flavor is contributed by the characterizing food ingredient of vanilla beans, the plaintiff alleges.



“The representations are misleading because though the front label designates the Product as ‘Vanilla,’ the ingredient list identifies ‘Natural Vanilla Flavor With Other Natural Flavors,” the Rice Dream class action lawsuit states.

Kyszenia says that if “Other Natural Flavors” contain vanillin which does not come from actual vanilla, it cannot be appointed as “natural flavors” and that the artificial flavor must be disclosed on the front label of the product.

The plaintiff also argues that the branding of the packaging of Hain’s rice product is designed to mislead and defraud consumers.

If Kyszenia would have known that the rice beverage did not contain real vanilla derived from the vanilla bean, she would have paid less for the product or would not have purchased the product at all, the plaintiff states in her class action lawsuit.

“As a result of the false and misleading labeling, the Product is sold at a premium price, approximately no less than $4.59 per unit, excluding tax, compared to other similar products represented in a non-misleading way,” the Rice Dream class action lawsuit claims.



Did you purchase Hain’s rice beverage thinking it contained real vanilla? Leave a message in the comments section below.

The plaintiff is represented by Spencer Sheehan of Sheehan & Associates PC and Michael R. Reese of Reese LLP.

The Vanilla Rice Milk Class Action Lawsuit is Janet Kyszenia v. The Hain Celestial Group Inc., Case No. 1:20-cv-00979, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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  • Penni Cruikshanks April 5, 2020

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  • Patricia S April 4, 2020

    I drink it because supposedly it’s better than drinking regular milk. I am lactose intolerant. Please add me. TY

  • Patricia Z April 4, 2020

    I pay more for this because it’s supposed to be better for you. Please add me.

  • cece castoro April 3, 2020

    MY FAMILY DRINKS THIS EVERY DAY I AM SHOCKED

  • Kelley Ernstmeyer April 3, 2020

    Please add me. With milk and soy intolerance for my daughter and myself, we thought purchasing these would be healthy and tasty and have some natural vanilla.

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    • Brenda L Daoust March 28, 2020

      Tired of being lied to by these big companies please add me to the law suit.

  • Heddy Wigington March 27, 2020

    We try to avoid vanillin in any of our food purchases. So surprised!!

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  • Kathleen Holloway March 21, 2020

    I’ve used rice dream for over 25 years, very disappointed with this news . Add me please

  • Raeanne yantis March 20, 2020

    If this isn’t just great I had bought a case cause I shipped some to my son and I have like 4/5 here

  • Rebecca Jefferson March 20, 2020

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    • Carolyn April 2, 2020

      Please add my household! We’ve been cone customers for a while.

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    Please add Me. Very misleading.

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  • Shawna Beatty March 12, 2020

    Yes, my son has sever allergies and has to drink this expensive milk. Add me

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    Yes I did purchase this product!

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  • Mike March 11, 2020

    I have purchased Hain’s rice beverage and would like to be added to the list.

  • Winona Cunningham March 11, 2020

    Please add me to this list. Have to buy it when grandson visits.

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  • Sherry Armour March 11, 2020

    I have been purchasing Rice Dream for years. My household started drinking it bc my grandson is lactose intolerant and Rice Dream was about the only other thing that we liked! Although, I knew the brand taste seemed to have changed over the years, I had no idea that the vanilla flavor was taken out!

  • Celeste March 10, 2020

    Please add. This is ridiculous! No vanilla?

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    Wow I buy that for my daughter

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  • linda HUll March 10, 2020

    I buy it weekly and for years!!! I had no idea that there was no vanilla in it…

  • Diane Lapin March 10, 2020

    I bought it believing it contained real vanilla. Please add me.

  • Lisa Ellis March 10, 2020

    ADD ME PLEASE.

  • Delmita Boykins March 10, 2020

    I thought it was real. Purchased it as a replacement for almond milk.

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  • virginia mallory March 10, 2020

    Thought it was real vanilla

  • Maryann Pulley March 10, 2020

    I thought it was vanilla
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  • Kelly Zaleski March 10, 2020

    I DEFINITELY thought it had REALL vanilla. Please add me.
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    K.Zaleski

  • Mandy P. March 10, 2020

    It’s not real vanilla?
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  • Christopher Draus March 10, 2020

    Yes, I thought it contained real vanilla

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  • Tamarra Brown March 10, 2020

    I thought it was really vanilla!

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