In a tweet dated Friday, Feb. 1, DiGiorno Pizza informed consumers that their pizzas are safe and in compliance with USDA and FDA requirements. In addition, Nestle USA issued a press release on Wednesday, Jan. 30 regarding the $5 million class-action filed against the company over their pizza brands DiGiorno, Stouffer’s and California Kitchen. The class-action lawsuit claims that the company’s pizzas contain trans-fat and are a danger to public health.
“Nestlé is disappointed in this lawsuit as we strongly believe that the allegations in this lawsuit are baseless. Our pizzas are safe and in strict compliance with the requirements of USDA and FDA.
The presence of any trans fats (TFAs) are clearly listed on our ingredients labels. Since we acquired the business three years ago from Kraft, we have worked to improve our recipes by reducing the number of ingredients and have reduced the amount of TFAs in our pizzas by 50 percent.
FDA and USDA recognize TFAs as a lawful ingredient in food products, and regulate their use and labeling.
We believe people want to make an informed choice about the foods they eat and understand that some people may choose to avoid foods containing TFAs.”
ABC News reported on Wednesday, Jan 30 that Katie Simpson of San Diego, Calif. had filed a class-action suit against Nestlé’s pizza brands. Simpson’s attorney, Greg Watson told “Good Morning America” that “Katie has two young children and she likes to make pizza for them, and all kids love pizza. It shouldn’t have a toxic food additive that’s been banned all around the world.”
It is important for consumers to be educated and carefully read food labels before purchasing products which they believe will contain ingredients they think may be harmful to their health, including those with nut and gluten allergies. The American Heart Association offers an easy guide to reading food labels.
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