Class Actions – “Organic” Food Claims

An assortment of class action lawsuits have targeted food producers that mislabeled their products “organic” when in fact they failed to meet the stringent standards set forth by the USDA. To qualify as organic, a product must be certified in accordance with the National Organic Program (NOP), which requires that “organic” products contain at least 95% organic material, and “made with organic ingredients” contain at least 70% organic ingredients. If a manufacturer is applying this label to products that do not meet the NOP’s criteria, they are deceptively advertising their product and receiving a premium from consumers who pay extra to receive organic products.

Trief & Olk is currently investigating claims that food manufacturers and producers are improperly applying the label to their products.