A frustrated mom from New York won’t be making a toast with Canada Dry anytime soon, seeing as she’s suing Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. for an alleged lack of ginger in the ginger ale soda.
In July, Julie Fletcher filed a federal lawsuit in Buffalo, claiming that the brand’s allegedly false advertising caused her economic harm, and that she was misled about the health benefits of the drink, Fortune reports. In addition to damages, Fletcher also seeks to open the case to others as a class-action lawsuit.
Fletcher takes issue with Canada Dry’s packaging and marketing materials advertise that the drink is “made from real ginger,” but says in her lawsuit that the product only contains a “miniscule” amount of ginger extract. For context, Fortune notes that Canada Dry is comprised of carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium benzoate, natural flavors, and caramel colors.
“Ms. Fletcher believed this meant that Canada Dry was made using ginger root and was, as a result, a healthier alternative to regular sodas,” her lawyer Michael J. DeBenedictis supposedly said in the lawsuit, the Buffalo News reports. “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.”
Her suit claims that Canada Dry began highlighting that the drink was “made with real ginger” around 2007.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on the story.