One lawsuit which is seeking the status of class-action says that American Heart Association does let Campbell Soup to use its certification of “Heart-Check” in an exchange for the fees, even at the time the products of company do not meet group’s nutritional recommendations.
Suit centers over some healthy sodium amount.
At its website, American Heart Association does say that people need to have the goal to eat about less than even 1,500 mg sodium each day. Though, Amit Chitre, one representative for group, said that AHA does not make the recommendations over what qualifies to be appropriate level meant for individual serving.
One can of the “Healthy Request” Chicken Noodle Soup of Campbell, that bears certification mark within question, tends to be listed to have 410mg f sodium per 1/2-cup serving; there’re 2 or more of servings for each can, meaning that there’d at least be 820mg per can.
For earn the certification of “Heart-Check”, products need to have till 480 milligrams for each serving, as according to AHA’s website. Though, website also does note that the “low sodium” happened to be defined to have 140mg or even less for each serving, lawsuit notes.
Lawsuit states AHA’s approval seal misleads the people into assuming that the products made from Campbell do possess some sort of benefit which is cardiovascular and not enjoyed through the products which haven’t been certified from AHA. It does state only difference to be that Campbell appears to pay money for certification.
It’s said in Campbell Soup in one email that company has not got the lawsuit; also it couldn’t comment over it due to this. But Camden, company which is N.J.-based, said that it did have total confidence in accuracy of the labels and they do meet the legal and other regulatory requirements.
According to American Heart Association, it does not comment over pending litigation. Also, it said that the program of food certification conducts the lab testing for verifying the products which earn the nutritional criteria meeting the certification, which are quite stringent compared to those of Food and Drug Administration.
Further, it said administrative fees that it charges the companies cover the program costs only.Lawsuit got filed in the U.S. District Court, New Jersey District.