Quaker Oats has a problem on their hands. A Federal Judge ruled they must face a class action lawsuit claiming that they marketed certain products to be “heart healthy” when in all actuality the products contain unhealthy trans fats! An example of this would be the Quaker Oats Chewy Granola Bars. These bars were marketed as a health product when they are really anything but. You might as well eat a Snickers bar. Heck a Snickers bar might actually be better for you than one of those Chewy Granola Bars. The lawsuit is entitled Daniel Askin v. The Quaker Oats Company and is in the jurisdiction of U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.
Consumers of the Quaker products paid a premium price for the products because they believed they contained zero grams of fat. Had the consumer known about the reality of the products they would have not made the purchase. Trans fats are one of the worse things to consume on the planet. They contribute to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer! But please note this lawsuit is not about the health of the bars. The court disagreed, ruling “regardless of whether [Plaintiff] was physically harmed by the products he consumed, he alleges that he would not have purchased them absent the allegedly misleading statements” that the products did not contain trans fats. “That allegation states the kind of economic injury that is redressable through this suit.”