Woman Sues Frito-Lay Over 'All Natural' Claims

Tostitos, Sun Chips made with genetically modified oil: suit
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2012 3:19 PM CST
Woman Sues Frito-Lay Over 'All Natural' Claims
Padma Lakshmi joins Frito-Lay executive chef Stephen Kalil to kick off the Frito-Lay Flavor Kitchen billboard experience in New York's Times Square, Monday, April 11, 2011.   (Jason DeCrow/AP Images for Frito-Lay)

Almost exactly one year ago, your helpful Newser editors informed you that Frito-Lay had big plans for 2011: to make 50% of its line from "all-natural" ingredients. And according to one California woman, that effort has been a big fail. Julie Gengo has filed a class-action lawsuit against Frito-Lay, alleging that these "all-natural" snack items are actually jam-packed with genetically-modified ingredients—meaning their labeling is fraudulent.

Natural News reports that GMOs are "admittedly synthetic." Therefore, the "All Natural" Sun Chips and Tostitos that are made with GM vegetable and corn oils are actually anything but. "Monsanto Company defines GMO on its website as food with a genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs," reads the lawsuit, which includes as a plaintiff anyone who ever bought one of these products, such as the very natural sounding "Tostitos Restaurant Style with a Hint of Lime Tortilla Chips." Natural News explains how you can join the suit. (More lawsuit stories.)

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