WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Dr. Pepper-Snapple group has recently been fortifying certain 7UP drinks with vitamins and claiming for them to contain antioxidants up until now.
Consumer protection law firm Reese Richman LLP, filed a lawsuit against the Dr. Pepper-Snapple group on the behalf of a California consumer. FDA policy also bans the fortification of carbonated soft drinks and junk food with vitamins as well.
"Soda is not a health food, and should not be marketed as a healthy source of antioxidants or other nutrients," said CSPI litigation director Steve Gardner. "It's to the credit of Dr Pepper Snapple Group that it carefully considered these concerns, and worked collaboratively to resolve the dispute without further litigation. The end result is a big plus for consumers."
7UP's regular and diet versions of Cherry Antioxidant, Mixed Berry Antioxidant, and Pomegranate Antioxidant all had small amount of Vitamin E added. The California complainant says that the images of fruit on the 7UP labels gave off the feeling that the vitamins came from fruit, but there is no kind of fruit juice in any of the 7UP drinks.
Because the Dr. Pepper-Snapple group agreed to take out the vitamins from the sodas and also to stop claiming the sodas contained antioxidants, the litigation process has now stopped.