Woman Sues Canada Dry Parent Company Over Lack of Ginger in Soda

A woman from New York is suing Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. for the lack of ginger in their carbonated drink Canada Dry, which advertises that it’s “made from real ginger” on the front of the can. The actual ingredients in the drink, believed to be a healthier alternative to soda, are carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium benzoate, natural flavors, and caramel colors.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group argues that real ginger is used to make the natural flavoring, but the suit filed on behalf of Julie Fletcher states it’s “a flavor compound comprised predominately of flavor extracts not derived from ginger, and a minuscule amount of a ginger flavor extract,” CBS News reports.

“Ms. Fletcher believed this meant that Canada Dry was made using ginger root and was, as a result, a healthier alternative to regular sodas,” said her lawyer according to The Buffalo News. “Ms. Fletcher knew that ginger root can calm an upset stomach and she purchased Canada Dry when her children were sick, believing that the ginger root in the beverage would soothe their stomach aches.”

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SOURCE: Fortune, Renae Reints