Heinz ‘healthy’ toddler food is misleading – Aussie court
Heinz’s misled the public about the health content of its Little Kids Shredz products, an Australian court ruled, upholding claims by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that the U.S. food giant’s packaging falsely imply that the products were beneficial to toddlers.
The company said that its Shredz products – ranging from fruit pastes, purees and concentrates – were made of 99 percent fruit and vegetable. But consumer watchdogs said that the products actually contain 60 percent sugar, which is significantly higher than natural sugar content of fruits.
The World Health Organization recommends limiting the intake of foods containing fruit juice concentrate to reduce the risk of obesity and tooth decay.
The court, however, dismissed other accusations against the company, including that of violation on labeling.
Meanwhile, penalties and other ruling on the case has yet to be announced.